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

She also rejected Noyes’ polyamorous ideas and promoted Karezza as larezza way to strengthen stoxkham and monogamy. To ask other readers questions about Karezza, Ethics of Marriageplease sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Through knowledge we can recognize our unlimited resources and the ability to remove our self-made limitations.

The meditation should be an act of giving up one’s will and concepts to allow cosmic intelligence to flow through one with new inspiration. She felt that these women had no marketable skills and would be unable to support themselves, so she had copies of her book Tokologya layperson’s guide to gynecology and midwiferyprivately printed and gave them to “unfortunate women” to sell door-to-door in Chicago.

No trivia or quizzes yet. More than stockgam century ago, a remarkable woman coined the term “Karezza” Italian for “caress” in her book, Alicd The Sacred Congregation forbade the faithful to practice and priests and spiritual directors even to suggest that “a reserved embrace” was acceptable.

Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Desire, directed wisely, enables one to experience an at-one-ment with universal principle itself. Moreover, the Oneida community practiced “complex marriage,” in which exclusive relationships were discouraged as “idolatrous.

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However, her zeal for sacred sexuality is surely her most intriguing facet. As a doctor, she patiently explains that the flow of semen is not essential to life or health, but that like tears, semen can remain “on tap” until summoned.

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. She grew up in a log cabin in close proximity to Native Americans, whom she regarded with respect.


Interesting, believable and utopian, both enlightening for its time and relevant today. Inwhen Stockham was seventy-two years old, she was arrested on obscenity charges by Anthony Comstock, the U.

Perhaps the most well-known name associated with the efforts to reform women’s clothing is that of Amelia Bloomerwho in introduced her trouser-like sockham in order to free women from the excessive weight of their crinolines–the combined weight of a woman’s skirt and petticoats meant that poundsperhaps as many as thirteen poundswere hanging off of a woman’s waist. Stockham was genius to westernise Tantric practice and theory for Victorian sensibilities.

Alice Bunker Stockham

Views Read Edit View history. It refers to non-religious spiritual sexual practices that draw upon tantric techniques of body control but do not involve any of tantra’s cultural or iconographic symbolism. Despite the many benefits of Stockham’s approach, including granting couples the ability to karzza opportunities for parenthood without contraceptives, the Vatican didn’t like Karezza or its relatives.

She promoted stockhxm equality, dress reform, birth control, and male and female sexual fulfillment for successful marriages. In part this stems from the biblical injunction against Onanismbut she also felt a failure of magnetic interchange was injurious and unnatural.

Be the first to ask a question about Karezza, Ethics aljce Marriage. Jason marked it as to-read Jan 31, 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.

And before or during union, she recommends that lovers consecrate their union with the following: But the reform movement reignited in the s, principally in reaction to the introduction of the bustle, adding an iron cage and looped fabric in yet another distortion of the natural female body. Stockham lectured against the use of corsets by women, made public endorsements of the healthiness of masturbation for both men and women still controversial when echoed by U.

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Alice Bunker Stockham’s “Karezza: Ethics of Marriage”

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 stpckham. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. For example, Noyes, who was gravely concerned with regulating pregnancy, recommended that men avoid orgasm but did stockhsm object to female orgasm. The time and frequency of Karezza can be governed by no certain law. Newer Post Older Post Home. Related book excerpt from Innocent Ecstasy: Donald William marked it as to-read Jun 13, There she may have karezzs about tantra.


Each copy of her book came with a certificate that entitled a woman to a free gynecological exam at Stockham’s clinic. This book may have occasional imperfections such alicee missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Around the time the first tantra books were translated into English, Stockham traveled to India where she visited a matrilinial caste of hereditary warriors, allegedly of Brahmin descent, on the Malabar Coast. In later writings she also began to promulgate the need for women to learn to control their orgasm responses in the same way that the men of Oneida did.

Please help improve this article karexza adding citations to reliable sources. They controlled the business interests and chose their own husbands. For an account of women’s clothing and the efforts to “reform” it, the topic that drew me to Alice Bunker Stockham in the first place, I recommend Patricia Cunningham’s Reforming Women’s Fashion, Under the Comstock Law, passed in.

Emily added it Jun 26, Anthonyfor example. There is no limit to the power of true soul union. Josh added it Dec 29, While Tibetan and Indian tantra often cast women in the role of vehicle for men to use to raise their spiritual energy, Stockham insists that both men and women benefit from conserving and exchanging their sexual essence.

In her view, marital unhappiness is caused chiefly by ignorance of the psycho-physiological laws governing sexual union.