history of sexuality
SOURCE: Associated Press
Indiana Legislature Votes to Defund IU's Kinsey Institute
Conservative lawmakers invoked the specter of child sexual exploitation to argue for defunding the leading American center for research on human sexuality.
SOURCE: New York Times
Will the Era of the Butt Ever End?
Heather Radke's "Butts: A Backstory" isn't (just) a provocation, but a carefully researched study of how bodily ideals and attractiveness are constructed and reproduced in societies.
We Discovered the Archive of a Sex Education Academy; Is its Value for Auction or Research?
by Allison Miller
What happened when a historian and an archivist-in-training tracked down the much-rumored but long unseen archives of a defunct institute for the study of sexuality?
SOURCE: Kansas City Star
Sex, Society and Scandal in 19th Century France
Historian Sarah Horowitz found the tale of Marguerite Steinheil too juicy to confine to an academic book, though the scandal shows how women navigated sex and inequality at the end of the nineteenth century.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
75 Years On, the Kinsey Institute Continues to Influence How we Think About Sex
Tasked with teaching a course on marriage and family, biologist Alfred Kinsey was shocked by the lack of scientific research on human sexuality. In 1947 he launched a research institute to fill that void.
SOURCE: Boston Review
The Democratic Possibilities of Cruising
by Jack Parlett
As a practice, cruising exemplifies the possibilities of urban culture by bringing people into contact with strangers and enabling them to recognize common desires. The history of crusing shows it's not just about sex, but about democracy.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Historians Ask what the Decline of Nude Beaches Tells Us about the Internet's Influence
Historians of naturism Sarah Schrank and Stephen L. Harp believe that the panoptical nature of social media is eroding a longstanding divergence between European and American attitudes about nudity in public spaces, particularly among young women.
SOURCE: The Baffler
Dangerous as the Plague: The History of Moral Panics over Queer "Seduction"
by Samuel Huneke
From the perspective of the post-Obergefell US, this year's politicized attacks on LGBTQ people—particularly as threats to the nation's youth—seem like a sudden reversal. But such attacks have a long and miserable history that has shadowed movements for queer freedom at every turn.
The Secret of Successful Royal Marriage? History Says it's a Mistress
by Kate Lister
The transactional nature of royal marriages meant that bonds of affection or attraction between parties was an afterthought, making royal paramours (for kings, at least) commonplace.
SOURCE: The Conversation
The Asian-Canadian Gay Pioneer Theorist of Sexuality
by Laurie Marhoefer
Li Shiu Tong, the partner of better-known German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, was an important theorist and activist whose once-lost writings anticipated today's politics of gay rights and liberation.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
SCOTUS is Enabling a Backlash Against Free Sexual Expression
by Rebecca L. Davis
The history of legislation aimed at suppressing "vice" shows that abortion is tied to other forms of free sexual expression. The last sweeping attack on sexual freedom took decades to reverse.
SOURCE: Atlas Obscura
The 19th Century Woman's Secret Guides to Birth Control
Women have always tried to share information enabling them to control their reproductive health, and others have always tried to stop them. Secrecy, coded language and misdirection are historical puzzles to untangle, say Andrea Tone, Naomi Rendina, Lauren Thompson and Donna Drucker.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Antiabortion Movement Gunning for Contraceptive Rights, Too
by Anya Jabour
A century ago, sex researcher Katharine Bement Davis was silenced because she fought to redefine women's sexuality and contraceptive use as normal and fight for its decriminalization. The right today wants to undo her legacy through the courts.
Elizabeth Reis on "Bodies in Doubt," Her History of Intersex in America
"People born with bodily differences that fall outside the bounds of “normal” have suffered tremendously, as physicians have tried to “fix” their bodies and their psyches to fit into a narrow conception of acceptability."
SOURCE: Boston Review
The Beginnings of Queer Citizenship in West Germany
by Samuel Clowes Huneke
An emerging gay activist culture in West Berlin in the 1970s made substantial gains in building cultural spaces and expanding tolerance, but struggled to build political solidarity out of sexual identity amid other social divisions.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Britain to Enable Pardons, Expunge Records for Persons Convicted of Same-Sex Contact Under Repealed Laws
“It is only right that where offences have been abolished, convictions for consensual activity between same-sex partners should be disregarded too,” British Home Secretary Priti Patel said in a statement.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
The Golden Age of "Traditional Marriage" Never Was
by Lauren Gutterman
Despite conservative mythologizing, married Americans in the postwar era frequently sought and secured space to explore same-sex attractions and relationships. These histories show that regardless of who controls the Supreme Court, conservatives will be unable to force a narrow model of family life on the public.
SOURCE: Nursing Clio
Peering Into Windows and Wombs: Reflections on SB 8
by Gillian Frank
"Even as abortion opponents loudly proclaim they are acting by divine mandate, people of faith like Dr. Curtis Boyd remain on the frontlines of this battle for reproductive healthcare."
Vice, Vice, Baby: Anna Lvovsky's History of Policing Sex
The “shifting public understandings of homosexuality in the twentieth century,” the legal historian Anna Lvovsky argues, “cannot be fully understood without a history of policing.”
SOURCE: The New Yorker
EBay Deletes the Queer Past
The online auction company's decision may make it difficult for historians of LGBTQ cultures and of sexuality to build archives of historically signicant erotica.
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