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The Flapper and 'chill-mindedness': The urban woman and fertility in the 1920s.


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Murphy, K (2002) The Flapper and 'chill-mindedness': The urban woman and fertility in the 1920s. Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The first chapter of this study is concerned with how this natalist climate
fostered an aversion to female individualism. Women's social duty, it was stressed,
was to bear children for the nation. Anti-individualism is detected in discourse on the
population problem, which rarely concerned itself with female individuals; in
demographic and scientific/ medical discourse; and in legislation which revealed
masculinist assumptions about woman's social role. The needs of the national
community obliterated any question of female agency in matters pertaining to their
own reproductive capacity. Moves to check depopulation were moves to bring
women's fertility under state control.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Keywords: Murphy, Kate
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Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2014 22:51
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:06
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