Mass incarceration cannot be understood without looking through the lenses of gender and sexuality.
Tag: 20th Century US History
White men remain relatively impervious to charges of sexual aggression, perhaps as a result of mid-century sex education.
Even in death a Republican-appointed judge wanted to be remembered for his stance against pornography.
The Mann Act protected women from “human vultures who fatten on the shame of innocent young girls.”
Bad Girls details how young women and girls in the 1940s and 1950s pursued new sexual freedoms.
Brieux’s plot featured a main character wrestling with the physical and social ramifications of syphilis.
Interview by David K. Johnson Historians who study sexuality in the 20th century United States have largely worked from the premise that secular forces shaped the formation of sexual identities, communities and regulation. Religion, in this paradigm, is framed as a residual and conservative force—the province of the fanatical and the ignorant. […]