Psychology Of Sexuality

Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent by Mary E. Odem

By Mary E. Odem

Delinquent Daughters explores the gender, type, and racial tensions that fueled campaigns to regulate girl sexuality in past due 19th- and early twentieth-century the USA. Mary Odem seems to be at those ethical reform pursuits from a countrywide standpoint, yet she additionally undertakes an in depth research of courtroom documents to discover the neighborhood enforcement of regulatory laws in Alameda and la Counties in California. From those felony court cases emerge overlapping and sometimes contradictory perspectives of middle-class lady reformers, courtroom and cops, working-class teenage ladies, and working-class mom and dad. Odem strains distinctive levels of ethical reform. the 1st all started in 1885 with the flow to elevate the age of consent in statutory rape legislation as a method of shielding younger ladies from predatory males. by way of the flip of the century, even if, reformers had come to view sexually lively girls no longer as sufferers yet as delinquents, and so they known as for specific police, juvenile courts, and reformatories to manage wayward women. Rejecting an easy hierarchical version of sophistication keep watch over, Odem finds a posh community of struggles and negotiations between reformers, officers, teenage women and their households. She additionally addresses the paradoxical results of reform via demonstrating that the protecting measures endorsed through middle-class girls usually led to coercive and discriminatory rules towards working-class girls.

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