England in the nineteenth century was a time full of significant changes. The Industrial Revolution brought an increase in population, migration into cities and new employment opportunities in these urban areas. These changes resulted in great anxieties stemming from a fear of interpersonal violence within new class tensions. Judicial and legislative changes in congruence with societal ideals facilitated a shift in ideas about sexuality and the regulation of men and women’s bodies. The legislative acts implemented during the nineteenth century as a response to this changing and uneasy environment sought to regulate male sexual actions in an attempt to protect society from the dangers of “unnatural” or “undesirable” male lust.
Krauth, Sophia, "Fears of the Body: Exploring the Regulation of Male Sexual Acts in Nineteenth Century England" (2016). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7037.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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