By Louis J. Kern

ISBN-10: 0807814431

ISBN-13: 9780807814437

ISBN-10: 0807840742

ISBN-13: 9780807840740

An Ordered Love is the 1st special learn of intercourse roles within the utopian groups that proposed choices to monogamous marriage: The Shakers (1779-1890), the Mormons (1843-90), and the Oneida group (1848-79).

The lives of fellows and girls replaced considerably after they joined one of many utopian groups. Louis J. Kern demanding situations the generally held trust that Mormon polygamy used to be uniformly downgrading to girls and that Oneida pantagamy and Shaker celibacy have been releasing for them. fairly, Kern asserts that adjustments in sexual habit and roles for ladies happened in ideological environments that assumed girls have been inferior and wanted male tips. An elemental mistrust of ladies denied the Victorian trust of their ethical superiority, attacked the sanctity of the maternal position, and institutionalized the dominance of fellows over women.

These utopias permitted the progressive concept that the excitement bond used to be the essence of marriage. They supplied their individuals with a hugely built theological and ideological place that helped them take care of the ambiguities and anxieties they felt in the course of a tough transitional degree in social mores.

Analysis of the theological doctrines of those groups shows how pervasive sexual questions have been within the minds of the utopians and the way heavily they have been regarding either reform (social perfection) and salvation (individual perfection). those groups observed intercourse because the aspect at which the calls for of person selfishness and the social specifications of self-sacrifice have been in such a lot open clash. they didn't provide their participants sexual license, yet relatively they validated beliefs of sexual orderliness and ethical balance and sought to supply a safe haven from the rampant sexual anxieties of Victorian culture.

Kern examines the severe value of concerns of sexuality and sexual habit in those groups, spotting their price as symptoms of bigger social and cultural tensions. utilizing the insights of background, psychology, and sociology, he investigates the relationships among the person and society, ideology and behaviour, and notion and motion as expressed within the sexual lifetime of those 3 groups. formerly unused manuscript resources at the Oneida group and Shaker journals and daybooks display fascinating and occasionally startling details on sexual habit and attitudes.

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