Obscenity is useful as a tool for teaching about sex and consent in the Middle Ages, as well as in our own time.
Tag: sexual violence
The history of responses to campus gang rape can help us understand recent allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Reflections on the #MeToo movement from the NotchesBlog crew and friends.
The diagnosis of mental defectiveness legitimated the state’s reproductive control of sexually promiscuous and sexually violated girls and women.
Interview by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation (Harvard 2013) charts the complex and shifting meaning of sexual violence in the United States. It is unique in focusing on the legal and political, rather than personal and experiential, dimensions of American rape culture. Centering on the […]
This article by Notches editor Julia Laite appeared in the September 9, 2014 issue of The Guardian. The latest development in a near-150-year-old saga made headlines this week: an armchair detective has used DNA evidence to claim that Aaron Kosminski was Jack the Ripper, the infamous figure who murdered and mutilated women in […]