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The Rhineland Horror Campaign And The Aftermath Of War

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This chapter considers the role that Marie Stopes played in influencing vast numbers of women to turn away from the radical alternatives, towards what was known as "New Feminism," ultimately a conservative backlash against feminism. In particular it argues that she became part of a middle-class discourse which emphasised domestic roles for women, and explores the evidence of this discourse in middlebrow fiction by women. Although Stopes's influence on the post-war culture was felt in the years immediately after the war, the chapter examines fiction published up to 1927 because of the time lapse between the changes in thinking in England and the manifestation of those changes in published fiction. In Married Love, Stopes took only part of the feminist version of "free love" and asserted the need for a woman's control of "access to her own body".

Keywords:feminism; Marie Stopes; Married Love; middlebrow fiction; post-war culture



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