"Who thinks of the Pope when surrendering to the pleasures of love?" Catholicism and contraception in post-war England

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Wednesday 14 October 2020
SAB301, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

On 25 July 1968, Pope Paul VI shook the world. His encyclical letter Humanae Vitae rejected calls to permit use of the contraceptive pill and deemed birth control ‘intrinsically evil’. The Catholic Church is now commonly identified as the antagonist in a story of sixties sexual revolution – a stubborn stone resisting the stream of sex-positive modernity. There has though, been little consideration of how Catholic women themselves experienced this period of cultural upheaval. In this talk Dr David Geiringer (Queen Mary University of London) will uncover how spiritual and sexual demands were negotiated at a moment when the two increasingly seemed at odds with one another. The memories of Catholic women provide a fresh perspective on the idea that ‘sex killed God’, reframing dominant approaches to the histories of sex, religion and modernity.

Speaker: Dr David Geiringer (Queen Mary University of London)
Discussant: Dr Sian Edwards (University of Winchester)
Chair: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester)

This talk is hosted by the University's Modern History Research Centre.

No booking required. For further information, please contact the MHRC leading convenor, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers

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