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Sex and the Family Farm

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On April 10, 2016
The bucolic image of the family farm as the rock of American values is something that we can’t escape from in the political season. But as Gabriel Rosenberg points out in this excellent essay, not only does that myth cover up the genocide and ecological catastrophe behind the history of American agriculture, it also erases […]

Traffic in Souls

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On March 12, 2012

Given the day’s rather bizarre turn here, it seems like a good enough time to remind all of you with Netflix account that Traffic in Souls, the ridiculous 1913 film promoting the white slavery f

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Late 19th Century Sexuality

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On March 11, 2012
I have a piece up at Alternet exploring the relationship between 19th century sexuality and today’s Republican War on Women, channeling my inner Rachel Maines and focusing on the history of the vibrator to compare the trivalization of women’s bodies in the medical profession during the Gilded Age to how conservative white men are talking […]

Victoria Woodhull

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On February 19, 2012

Thinking about Anthony Comstock and Gilded Age sexuality this week, I was reminded of the woman Comstock destroyed, the fascinating feminist and free-love advocate, Victoria Woodhull. Born Victoria Cl

Margaret Sanger, Then and Now

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On February 16, 2012
To continue on the theme of late 19th/early 20th century sexuality and its implications for today, you all must read this absolutely outstanding Michelle Goldberg piece in The Nation on Margaret Sanger’s legacy. Sanger, the godmother of birth control in this country, was motivated to fight for legal contraception because of stories like this: It […]
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