When does sex become a political weapon?
Tag: United States history
Rachel Hope Cleves Donald J. Trump’s penis, size unknown, has reared its head as a political issue. On Thursday night, during yet another GOP presidential primary debate, the party’s leading candidate debated the size of his penis with rival Marco Rubio before an audience of millions. Mainstream media channels such […]
Gabriel N. Rosenberg In the postwar United States, the state’s project of preserving the family farm was yoked to its project of making the modern American family. The family farm enjoys an uncanny amount of deference in modern American political culture in part because it is an unusually potent sexual symbol: […]
Interview by Kalin Bullin, M. Blake Butler, Deborah Deacon, Christina Fabiani, Elise Forest-Hammond, Adam Kostrich, Jake Sherman, and Lee Thiessen Edited by Rachel Hope Cleves This post launches a new series for NOTCHES, which will feature students interviewing authors of recent works in the history of sexuality. The goal of […]
Gillian Frank On Christmas Eve 1955, Jacqueline Smith died from an illegal abortion at her boyfriend Thomas G. Daniel’s apartment. Jacqueline Smith was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania in 1935. A quiet, driven and talented artist, she graduated from high school in 1953 and moved to New York City where she […]
Interview by Lynne Gerber and Gillian Frank Anthony Petro’s After the Wrath of God (Oxford, 2015) is one of the first academic books to recount and analyze the broad range of religious responses to the emergence of AIDS in the United States in the 1980s and 90s. Moving the conversation […]
Interview by Lauren Gutterman Lillian Faderman’s The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle (Simon & Schuster, 2015) provides a moving and far-reaching account of the LGBT movement in the United States, from the founding of the homophile movement in the 1950s, to recent struggles for an Employment Non-Discrimination Act […]