Marie Stopes’ Sexual Revolution and the Birth Control Movement

  • Clare Debenham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Clare Debenham
    Pages 1-17
  3. Clare Debenham
    Pages 19-33
  4. Clare Debenham
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    Pages 59-74
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    Pages 101-107
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    Pages 109-119
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 143-164

About this book


This book examines the life, work and contraversial achievements of Marie Stopes, author and pioneer of the birth control movement in the interwar period. As the centenary of the ground-breaking publication of Married Love approaches, this study traces and reassesses Marie’s remarkable achievements, considering the literary, scientific and political themes of her life’s work. Clare Debenham analyses how Stope’s personal life led her to turn away from palaeobotany to concentrate on transforming the country’s sexual relationships by writing Married Love. Utilising extensive unpublished archive research, biographies, letters, and interviews with her friends and relatives, Debenham demonstrates that Stopes's work on sexual relationships has overshadowed her considerable achievements including her scientific career as a paleaobotantist, her literary success in the interwar period, and her work, with help from suffragists, in establishing the first British birth control clinic. 


eugenics twentieth century family planning Married Love contraception feminism

Authors and affiliations

  • Clare Debenham
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71663-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71664-0
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