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The Gender of Solitary Vice

April R. Haynes

in Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226284590
eISBN:
9780226284767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226284767.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

“The Gender of Solitary Vice” argues that the solitary vice became an issue of major concern in the United States only after Sylvester Graham began offering identical sexual advice to women and men. ... More


Eat, Sex, Race

Kyla Wazana Tompkins

in Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479857722
eISBN:
9781479818334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479857722.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses the role played by antebellum reformist campaigns in a bodily centered history of sexuality. It considers the emergence of dietary correctives to the practice of masturbation ... More


The American Vegetarian Society

Adam D. Shprintzen

in The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469608914
eISBN:
9781469612690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/978146960891.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter analyzes the rise of the American Vegetarian Society (AVS), the first national organization of its kind in the United States. It notes that the group popularized and defined the term ... More


Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness

Suellen Hoy

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195111286
eISBN:
9780199854011
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111286.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Americans in the early 19th century were, as one foreign traveler bluntly put it, “filthy, bordering on the beastly.” Yet gradually this changed, and today Americans are known for their obsession ... More


Escaping Asceticism: The Birth of the Health Food Industry

Laura J. Miller

in Building Nature's Market: The Business and Politics of Natural Foods

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226501239
eISBN:
9780226501406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226501406.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter examines the transition of natural foods advocacy from a religiously inspired commitment to vegetarianism, asceticism, and a rejection of a commodified food system to a movement that ... More


Medical Christianity

Peter Gardella

in Innocent Ecstasy, Updated Edition: How Christianity Gave America an Ethic of Sexual Pleasure

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190609405
eISBN:
9780190609436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190609405.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Colonial American Protestant theologians taught little about sex. Jonathan Edwards saw original sin as selfishness, not passion. Doctors changed the discourse when they moved from systematic to ... More


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