The Hygiene of Marriage
1942 (second edition)
1932 (original copyright)
This is an example of a pretty forward thinking marriage manual. This book is mostly about sex. In many ways, this particular book is more open minded than many later books from the 1950s. The most interesting part is the discussion of birth control. Not only does the author discuss methods, but also details the health reasons for women, especially poor women, to control family size.
There is also a thorough discussion of the Comstock Act and the efforts of Margaret Sanger. The author also takes lawmakers to task for making this information difficult for single women to obtain. I am sure if Everett were alive today, she would be dissapointed in the lack of progress in women’s health concerns.
Given the condition of the edition I looked at, I would imagine this was passed around quite a bit. Unfortunately, time has taken its toll on this book and my copy won’t last too much longer. Fear not, quite a few health archives and university collections still have this title.