Category Archives: Women and Legal Rights

Vicars and Tarts!! Well almost

Tom Hughes Clerical Errors: A Victorian Series, Volume 1, (Kindle edition), £3.86 The behaviour of public figures has always been subject to scrutiny from an often prurient public. This has been particularly the case with clergymen especially those who pronounce … Continue reading

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Legally emancipating Women: 4

  Campaigns for moral purity Much of the moral stance of late Victorian feminists assumed stemmed from fear. Feminist attitudes to sexuality revolve largely around the dangers it implied[1]. Campaigns around marital violence pre-dated the murders by a full decade … Continue reading

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Legally emancipating Women: 3

  Prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Acts Growth in population and in the corresponding preference for urban living mobilised an increasing degree of state intervention in the private lives of its citizens. Sanitation and housing, water supplies and the control … Continue reading

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Legally emancipating Women : 2

Marriage and property Feminists campaigning in this arena centred on inequalities and problems relating to the institution of marriage and on efforts to wipe out the double standard of morality based on gender that licensed male freedom an female suppression. … Continue reading

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Legally emancipating Women: 1

  Both feminist campaigners and the ideologues of Victorian respectability placed much emphasis on the value and importance of rigorous and well-defined moral standards as a means of ordering society[1]. It was not, however, until the later years of the … Continue reading

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