Reflection of Sexual Morality in Literature and Art


  • Jialin Zhao School of History, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China
  • Rainer Feldbacher School of History, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China



Revolution, Sexual Liberation, Revolutionary Morality, Puritanical Morality, Equality


Tocqueville, in his book “Democracy in America”, talked about the concept of sexual morality, introduced it into his new
political science, and reflected on the situation of social morality before and after the French Revolution with the help of his
investigation of American social morality. From the end of the 19th century to late 20th century, the development of sexual
morality in the US and France has undergone different changes. In France before and after the Revolution, sexual ethics
showed a very different picture, from palace porn culture and pornography before the Revolution to revolutionary moral
ethics during the revolutionary period and to sexual ethics after the revolution. The US turned from the Puritans' sexual
morality in the early 18th century to the sexual liberation movement in the 19th and 20th centuries. From the historical
experience of the US and France, we can see three basic forms of sexual morality: the state of greed, the state of politics, and
the state of holy love. The revolutions were not only initiating the construction of democracy, but also changed the definition
of its most basic figure that is the individual. This paper places sexual morality in the three dimensions of reality, politics and
religion. Taking The United States and France as examples, with the help of textual analysis and comparison, the
development course, different forms and contemporary values of sexual morality will be explored.




How to Cite

Zhao, J. ., & Feldbacher, R. . (2020). Reflection of Sexual Morality in Literature and Art. Journal of Critical Studies in Language and Literature, 1(3), 81-88.