This paper explores the complex relationships between American Catholic women, the Roman Church, and mainstream American culture. A small sociological survey constructed and undertaken by the author provided interesting data from American Catholic women for analysis. Comparison with data from additional surveys suggests that behavioral and ideological trends may exist among American Catholic women of different generations. The author concludes that the Roman Catholic Church's teachings on sexual morality may no longer be authoritative for some American Catholic women. Rather, for these women, mainstream American culture may be a more compelling authority and source of ideas on the use and morality of artificial contraception.
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Womens studies|
|Keywords:||American catholics, Birth control, Catholocism, Geertz, Clifford, Generations, The pill, Women|
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