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Duffey, Mrs. E[liza] B[isbee]
The Relations of the Sexes
New York: Wood & Holbrook, 1876. Good. 7½" x 5¼". Publisher's green cloth, spine gilt. pp. [9], 10-320. Good: boards worn with small losses at edges and corners; some loss of gilt on spine; moderate staining to front board, rear heavily so; text tanned; a few light stains in the margins of the first 120 pages, never affecting text; light dust soiling throughout. According to the first page of this book, "in matters pertaining to the most important instincts of human life-the sexual instincts, with their functions-ignorance has long been regarded as innocence, and lack of interest for purity of character. The writer of this book disputes these points. She seeks to show how an enlightened understanding is alone able to cope with problems which our complicated social systems for upon us." Not a lot is known about the book's author, Eliza Bisbee Duffey. According to the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society, in addition to being a vocal feminist she was an artist whose works were exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the co-founder and editor of a Vineland newspaper and a medium. Her first book was a sex education manual for women published in 1873. The following year she published, "No Sex in Education." It was written in response to Edward Clarke's "Sex in Education," which argued that women's physical makeup prevented them from receiving as rigorous an education as men. Clarke went so far as to state that co-educational classes could harm women's reproductive organs. In "No Sex in Education," Duffey publicly argued that physiology had nothi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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