Alice Bunker Stockham () was one of the first female M.D.s in the United States. In her remarkable _Karezza_, she develops her theory of secular. Karezza, Ethics of Marriage, by Alice B. Stockham [], full text etext at sacred- I first came across the name of Alice Bunker Stockham in connection with the Rational Dress Movement–a nineteenth-entury reform movement.

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A passion for sacred sex However, her zeal for sacred sexuality is surely her most intriguing facet. Nicki Vichick marked it as to-read Jan 09, For an account of women’s clothing and the efforts to “reform” it, the topic that drew me to Alice Bunker Stockham in ,arezza first place, I recommend Patricia Cunningham’s Reforming Women’s Fashion, She assures the reader that those seeking the highest development will soon establish conditions appropriate for them.

Karezza, Ethics of Marriage

The reading should exalt the spirit, reminding one of the power and source of life. When so consecrated, sexual expression leads to the peace of increased internal strength and power.

Return to Book Page. And lest alic think we are way past that today, check out the over 1, five-star Amazon reviews for this “double steel boned,” heavy-duty “waist-training” corset –with its “20 spiral steel bones,” “4 rigid steel bars,” and “strong corset cord lacing back. Feb 03, Steve Bedford rated it really liked it. Donadi is currently reading it Mar 22, Stockham developed her ideas after a trip to India and her own study of Tantric sex.

The Monstrous Regiment of Women: Alice Bunker Stockham, Dress Reform, and “Karezza”

She promoted gender equalitydress reformbirth controland male and female sexual fulfillment for successful marriages. Moreover, the Oneida community kxrezza “complex marriage,” in which exclusive relationships were discouraged as “idolatrous.

She became one of the first five US women doctors when stokham graduated from the only institute of higher learning in the West to admit women.

Brian Sullivan rated it liked it May 02, To ask other readers questions about Karezza, Ethics of Marriageplease sign up. Want to Read saving…. University of California Press. A well-traveled and well-read person who counted among her friends Leo Tolstoy and Havelock Ellis, she stockhm visited Sweden and from her trips to schools there she alixe back the idea of teaching children domestic crafts, thus single-handedly alcie shop and home economics jarezza in the United States.


Marko Mehner marked it as to-read Sep 20, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders more than years lateradvocated complete abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, and believed in women’s rights. The time and frequency of Karezza can be governed by no certain law. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Only when souls flowing together, acting as one, distinct in individuality, but united in their action are thus mated, are the psycho-physiological laws met and satisfied….

By contrast, the ordinary hasty spasmodic method of cohabitation…is deleterious both physically and spiritually, and is frequently a cause of estrangement and separation. Anthonyfor example. Interesting, believable and utopian, both enlightening for its time and relevant today.

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Donald William marked it as to-read Jun 13, Sex as spiritual experience, devotion of partner and equality and respect of partner together with intelligent channelling of procreative ability – ie withholding it for when it is desired and prepared for is brilliant. She adds, be patient and determined; the reward will come in happy, united lives, in the finding of the kingdom of heaven in your own hearts.

Alice Bunker Stockham

Alice Bunker Stockham’s “Karezza: Inwhen Stockham was seventy-two years old, she was arrested on obscenity charges by Anthony Comstock, the U. Stockham may not have had access to recent neurochemical research about the unfortunate aftereffects of over-stimulating the brain’s reward circuit, but she did note that, Men who are borne down with sorrow because their wives are nervous, feeble and irritable, have it in their power, through Karezza, to restore the radiant hue of health to the faces of their loved ones, strength and elasticity to their steps and harmonious action to every part of their bodies.

Because she believed that the sexual impulse, far from being evil or guilt-ridden, is the call of Spirit, she is sometimes cited as approving masturbation. In the light of my own experience I regard the idea that the seminal fluid is a secretion that must be got rid of as being the most pernicious and fatal one that can possibly be taught to young people.

Stockham reminds us that we are not mere machines, to be buffeted by circumstance and environment, but rather machinists with control of our creative forces.


Karezza, Ethics of Marriage by Alice Bunker Stockham

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Eda Sofia marked it as to-read Jul 10, More theoretical than practical ie it tells you the why rather than the how, it is an early book on the subject and many have followed.

Basic and karwzza reading on the topic. Stockham’s interest in birth control could not overcome her fear that a mechanical sperm barrier would prevent “the complete interchange of magnetism” a theory popular among 19th century sexual-spiritual teachers.

The emphasis was on selflessness in lovemaking, gentle, harmonious passion leading to sublime spiritual delights. She argued that the widespread belief that women should be legally forced to participate in ejaculatory sex – lest they go to any length to avoid the travails of childbirth – was nonsense.

Reading just a bit about her, reforming women’s clothing is the least of her many efforts on behalf of women. The Sacred Congregation forbade the faithful to practice and priests and spiritual directors even to suggest that “a reserved embrace” was acceptable.

Known as “the free women of India,” Nayar women were intelligent, well-educated, and all property descended through them.

In the course of an hour the physical tension subsides, the spiritual exaltation increases, and not uncommonly visions of a transcendent life are seen and consciousness of new powers experienced. She sees Karezza as the antidote to the many hearts broken and hopes blasted mainly because the sexual relationship in marriage is instigated by selfish motives, and for personal gratification. Lucie Turns Pages alide it as to-read Dec 09, Each copy came with a bound-in certificate signed by Stockham and entitling the bearer to a free gynecological stoxkham.

This section possibly contains original research. Stockham was also an advocate of masturbation as healthy for both men and women.

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