Lecturer in the history of sexuality and women at the University of Birmingham. Her first book The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex and Contraception in England 1800-1975 (OUP, 2004) presents a major new argument about the causes of sexual change from the Victorians to the late 20th century. Her long term interest is in the history of the control of emotion in 20th century England. She is currently working on a biography of Joan and Miles Malleson. Joan was a sexologist and a founding member of the Abortion Law Reform Association. Miles was a character actor and playwright. Their lives and their marriage illuminate some of the major changes in gender, sexuality and emotional behaviour in mid-20th century England.
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