This study of the Free Love Movement in the mid-to-late 1800s examines the situated knowledge of women and men who participated in the movement, how they articulated the platform, and contributed to its exposure by writing and publishing their ideas, arguments and concerns. While all Free Love participants claimed benefits and freedoms from the practice, this book is the first to compare the benefits and political agendas experienced by the male participants with those experienced by the females. The importance of this work lies in its potential to inform current political resistance against the inequality inherent in legislation that strives to restrict sexual freedom in the United States, and its potential to contribute to the overall well-being of women, men and the society they live in.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and Theory 2. Literature Review 3. Methods 4. Free Love: The Standpoint of Women 5. Free Love: The Standpoint of Men 6. Comparisons and Conclusions
Sandra Schroer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. Her research is focused on multiple aspects of human sexuality and gender, including Free Love and Social Nudism.