False Conception: Female Sexuality in Victorian England

Annie Besant promoted contraceptive advice to the Victorian working classes. In 1877 she was prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act. New Generation Thinker Fern Riddell, from King's Collge London, outlines Besant's arguments and explores the ensuing debates about respectability and sexual behaviour in 19th-century England.

Producer: Philippa Ritchie

First broadcast in October 2013.

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15 minutes

Last on

Tue 26 Aug 2014 22:00

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