Love at the Threshold: A Book on Social Dating, Romance, and Marriage. By Frances Bruce Strain. Revised Edition. Appleton. New York, 1942.

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Frances Bruce Strain wrote a number of sex education texts in the 1930s. All of her works are emblematic of the attitudes toward sex and gender at the time, but Love at the Threshold is a particularly stark example. It describes stereotypical genders in great detail, with subcategories for boys that include the philanderer, the patriarch, the dominant boy, and so on. For girls, Strain describes the maternal girl, the baby-doll girl, and others, while lamenting that “the virginal type of girl is fast disappearing” (108). The work also broaches a description of sex–a rare public conversation for the time period–but only in the most opaque of terms. For any conservative-minded reader, Strain’s work may evoke a nostalgia for the lost chastity of a bygone era. But for most others, it is a breathtakingly pseudoscientific description of human behavior.

This revised edition is in about-fine condition. In the original full cloth boards, fine. Text block fine with WWII rationed paper. In the original dust jacket, very good with only chips, rubbing, and some closed tears. With the original publisher’s shipping box, addressed to a North Carolina public school.

An incredible glimpse at sex education from the early 1940s.

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Love at the Threshold: A Book on Social Dating, Romance, and Marriage. By Frances Bruce Strain. Revised Edition. Appleton. New York, 1942.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in