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  • In 1920 Arnold Bennett wrote Our Women, sub-titled Chapters on the Sex-

    Discord. The nine chapters on the 'sex-discord' surveyed various aspects

    of relations between the sexes in the immediate post-war years, drawing

    on contemporary understandings about the changing position of women

    as it did so. The general conclusion reached by Bennett was that many

    changes had occurred in the era following the close of the Victorian

    period that he viewed as fruitful and desirable. Not least of these was a

    breakdown of the old wasteful gender idealisation that characterised

    women as helpless and dependent and men as useful and active; an

    idealisation that had very real consequences for many in that it dictated

    the extent and nature of the opportunities that were available to men and

    women, particularly women. Post-war British society, then, benefited

    from more knowledgeable, more mobile, and less inhibited middle-class

    women; they benefited from the creation of the modern girl.

Publication Date


  • 2015

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  • Crozier-De Rosa, S. (2015). Forward! But not too fast!. In J. Shapcott (Ed.), An Arnold Bennett Companion: A Twenty-First Century Companion (pp. 107-124). Leek, Staffordshire: Churnet Valley Books.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780992887933

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  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4983&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3947

Book Title


  • An Arnold Bennett Companion: A Twenty-First Century Companion

Start Page


  • 107

End Page


  • 124

Place Of Publication


  • Leek, Staffordshire

Abstract


  • In 1920 Arnold Bennett wrote Our Women, sub-titled Chapters on the Sex-

    Discord. The nine chapters on the 'sex-discord' surveyed various aspects

    of relations between the sexes in the immediate post-war years, drawing

    on contemporary understandings about the changing position of women

    as it did so. The general conclusion reached by Bennett was that many

    changes had occurred in the era following the close of the Victorian

    period that he viewed as fruitful and desirable. Not least of these was a

    breakdown of the old wasteful gender idealisation that characterised

    women as helpless and dependent and men as useful and active; an

    idealisation that had very real consequences for many in that it dictated

    the extent and nature of the opportunities that were available to men and

    women, particularly women. Post-war British society, then, benefited

    from more knowledgeable, more mobile, and less inhibited middle-class

    women; they benefited from the creation of the modern girl.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Crozier-De Rosa, S. (2015). Forward! But not too fast!. In J. Shapcott (Ed.), An Arnold Bennett Companion: A Twenty-First Century Companion (pp. 107-124). Leek, Staffordshire: Churnet Valley Books.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780992887933

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4983&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3947

Book Title


  • An Arnold Bennett Companion: A Twenty-First Century Companion

Start Page


  • 107

End Page


  • 124

Place Of Publication


  • Leek, Staffordshire