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Sexual Progressives: Reimagining Intimacy in Scotland, 1880-1914

Tanya Cheadle


This book provides the first group portrait of the late Victorian and Edwardian feminists and socialists who campaigned against the moral conservatism of Victorian Scotland. They include Bella and Charles Bream Pearce, prominent Glasgow socialists and disciples of an American-based mystic who taught that religion needed to be ‘re-sexed’; Jane Hume Clapperton, a feminist freethinker with advanced views on birth control and women’s right to sexual pleasure; and Patrick Geddes, founder of an avant-garde Edinburgh subculture and co-author of an influential scientific book on sex. The consideration ... More

Keywords: sexual progressivism, feminism, ethical socialism, Victorian morality, alternative religion, Isabella Bream Pearce, Patrick Geddes, Jane Hume Clapperton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526125255
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526125262


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanya Cheadle, author
University of Glasgow