The Freedom Of The Free Love Movement

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As society moved from agrarian to industrial, the sexual ideology was heavily influenced. During this period, the need for children to help maintain farmland was no longer necessary. Cities emerged and reproduction slowed. This period was a major turning point for the dominant meaning of sexuality; thus it has great significance. D’Emilio writes about this changing sexual ideology when he states “especially within the middle class, sexual desires had become increasingly fused with a romantic quest for emotional intimacy and even spiritual union” (84). Sexuality no longer held strong ties to procreation and soon sex became more for pleasure. Furthermore, women now had some choice of whether/when they wanted to have children. The free love movement was one of the many social groups that challenged the sexual ideologies of their time. However, free love holds great significance in that their message soon became the “middle-class sexual ideology” (D’Emilio 165). Their message was that “neither church nor state should limit the expression of sexual ideas and feelings; whether in private or public” (D’Emilio 156). They believed that ones sexual expression should be up to that individual. Free lovers challenged the dominant ideology at that time and pushed boundaries of religion and politics. Marriage during the colonial period was closely linked to reproduction due to the heavy influence religion had on European settlers. However, as they became introduced to Native…

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