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Sex And Common Sense By A Maude Royden, Assistant Preacher At The City Temple London 1918 to 1920 Paperback – June 17, 2004

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ISBN-13: 978-1419146831 ISBN-10: 1419146831

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About the Author

Agnes Maude Royden (23 November 1876 - 30 July 1956) was an internationally known British preacher, lecturer, and author a preacher and suffragist. Her involvements spanned the issues of women's rights—political, social, and religious—social justice for the poor and disenfranchised, and world peace. Her other books include Downward paths (1916), Women and the sovereign state (1917), Prayer as a force (1923), Beauty in Religion (1923), Christ triumphant (1924), Church and woman (1924), Life's little pitfalls (1925), Here--and hereafter (1933), Problem of Palestine (1939), I Believe in God (1927), Women's Partnership in the New World (1941) and The Threefold Cord (1947), her autobiography. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (June 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419146831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419146831
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,988,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason S. Taylor on November 4, 2011
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This is a fair enough tract small tract of 76 pages(dead tree) but it is mostly of historical interest. It is a social essay not a sex manual but it is not self-righteous or overbearing in tone and the author comes out as pleasant in tone if somewhat overidealistic. It often deals with problems that have simply changed their emphasis as time went by. While sex and problems related to it will always be with us, the way we react changes, and I suspect no generation gets it right; she would certainly be as opposed to modern looseness as she was to post-victorian uptightness. The writer was in her time a noted feminist, which is to say a 1920's feminist, not a 2010 feminist. She however was not an ideologue like those who get wrapped up in political causes so often are and in fact is noted for her mercy and forbearance for everyone's point of view. She doesn't have the painful air of shrillness that make all moral questions into a tribal vendetta in the way all factions concerned sometimes treat them today.

What is interesting, is that though some of her concerns are dated in the since of being directed at the troubles of her time rather then ours a surprising number are remarkably similar. And the same arguments that were used then were often rehashed. More gently to be sure, but one can recognize them. Her urging of mercy on those who don't succeed in moral rectitude is noted. In some ways she is to idealistic; her demands for love in marriage are well taken but she fails to take account of how so often in history spouses normally never met each other before the ceremony(though she does touch lightly on the "mail order" solution to population disproportion).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Account on April 3, 2013
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This book is an excellent conversational piece and provides many great quotes with which to woo your lover (or mine).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monty on January 9, 2014
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Don't waste your money on this one. I should have had more commen sense to spend my money on this!
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By Trinity Bess on March 31, 2014
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The book give a nice memory of how things use to be and has some good ideas in the book and because it was free I loved it. It's great for ideas
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By Shay on August 21, 2013
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It wasn't a great book. I thought it would be more intriguing and informative than it was but it really wasn't.
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Sex and common sense is an old book, written in 1920. Therefore some of the debates, like the divorce referendum seem to the modern reader to be irrelevant. Yet after just a little thought it shows to still be interesting as these were the issues of the day. What will people think of the same sex marriage bill in 90 years time? What would the Royden have thought of it?
Although I would consider this to be a book to read for historical value, I still found aspects of it to be challenging today. After all, is it right that values change with time? And should we be looking to the authors of our past for guidance on today's issues of sexuality?
What I liked about it was Royden's unbiased perspective. Granted she was a woman writing in her time, yet she seemed to me to be fair to both men and women in a manner that contemporary feminists sometimes lack. She wrote in a balanced manner and invited the reader to think rather than writing for a cause. I couldn't help but like Royden herself. Her personality shone through the pages as a caring and extraordinary sharp writer. The fact that she was a women writing in the 1920's did not seem to bother her. She must have met resistance being a Woman writing in a man's world, writing so openly about sex and sexuality. But you would never have guessed that any such issues were present going from her writings.
What I didn't like about the book can all be put down to Royden being a product of her time. Some of her ideas are not up to modern scrutiny, but if the reader keeps in mind when she is writing there is nothing not to like. She has a better understanding of the human condition than even Freud.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the social sciences, especially those involved in psychology, sociology and ethics. This is also a good book for any Historians.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MacJam on April 9, 2013
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I liked the product and would share with everyone. Item was delivered within a timely manner and I enjoyed immensely.
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By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2013
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A good book, I found myself deep in the book. I enjoyed the topic and the though provoking ideas it discussed.
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