A New Explanation of Sexual Repression in Ireland

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One theory of sexual repression in Ireland describes how it operated to increase the prosperity of the small family farm and the social mobility of the family. A second theory asserts that Irish Catholic dualistic asceticism and Church power are responsible for sexual repression. In this article, general systems theory and cultural ecology are used to demonstrate that the aspects of Irish culture affecting sex were generated by colonial and neocolonial relations.

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