Censoring sex: the case of WJ Chidley

Featherstone, Lisa (2013) Censoring sex: the case of WJ Chidley. History Australia, 10 1: 58-76. doi:10.1080/14490854.2013.11668446

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Author Featherstone, Lisa
Title Censoring sex: the case of WJ Chidley
Journal name History Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1449-0854
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14490854.2013.11668446
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 58
End page 76
Total pages 19
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Taylor & Francis Australasia
Language eng
Abstract This article will explore the social, cultural and medical reasons behind the rigorous censorship of the work and life of sex reformer William James Chidley (c.1860–1916). Chidley critiqued heterosexual intercourse — or the ‘crowbar’ method as he called it. Instead he promoted new ways of performing sex and correspondingly a new form of gender relations. For speaking about sex and the reorganisation of gender relations, Chidley was condemned and incarcerated and his books were labelled obscene. This paper will suggest that it was his prioritising of female sexual power that made Chidley such a target, leading ultimately to his untimely death in a Sydney asylum.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Details of article available on journal website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/raha20/10/1

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