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Sunday Morning Medicine

By Jacqueline Antonovich

-The art of smallpox.
-Acupuncture in Victorian England.
-Are gerbils to blame for the Black Death?
-The strange history of Iceland's beer ban.
-The truth about the Sound of Music family.
-The SNCC teenagers who changed America.

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Pardon Our Dust: Nursing Clio is Under Construction

Dear Readers,

Can you believe that Nursing Clio will be celebrating its third birthday this year? It seems like just yesterday we came bouncing into the world full of promise and potential. Like many toddler blogs out there, however, we're experiencing growing pains and we've realized that it is time for us to move into a bigger playpen.

Nursing Clio will be going on a brief hiatus while we migrate from Wordpress to our own self-hosted site. During our hiatus we will not be publishing regular essays, but we will still bring you our weekly edition of Sunday Morning Medicine, and our Facebook and Twitter pages will remain active. Although we are sad that we will be taking a brief break from publishing, we are very excited about the new changes coming to Nursing Clio, including an updated look, new features, and a larger roster of writers.

So please pardon our dust and hold onto your hats...exciting changes are coming!

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Sunday Morning Medicine

By Jacqueline Antonovich

-7 vintage suffrage valentines.
-15 old-fashioned compliments.
-Jewish life in the American city.
-The mysterious "Zep" love potion.
-The unknown history of Latino lynchings.
-The town destroyed to stop racial mixing.

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Clio Goes to the Movies: “Selma” in History

By Austin McCoy

Ava DuVernay's Selma has sparked a robust discussion about the civil rights movement, memory, and the filmmaker's role in creating "accurate" and teachable history. The film has garnered much pointed criticism for "artful falsehood," "distorting" history, and "villainizing" Lyndon Johnson. The problems with these assertions are threefold. First, deploying terms like distortion and villainizing does not reflect a willingness to engage issues of history, memory, and mythmaking in good faith; those are words that seek to discredit the film and the director's interpretation of the event. Second, as the New Yorker's Amy Davidson illustrates, these critiques of the film belie the historical record. Finally, the ballyhoo around Lyndon Johnson misses the point, and it pushes us away from analyzing the film in a manner that accounts for the broader historical context and historiography.

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Moralizing Motherhood: America’s Long History of the Breastfeeding Police

By Ginny Engholm

A recent Facebook post by our own Jacqueline Antonovich weighed in on one of the most contentious issues in the mommy wars -- breastfeeding. She was responding to another Facebook post by a well-known feminist blogger who goes by the name The Feminist Breeder. Antonovich wrote, "I finally had to unfollow a page about feminism and birth/parenting. I'm all for breastfeeding, but if you are going to say you are not trying to judge, but you just 'don't get' women who bottle feed, then you are too wrapped up in your liberal, upper-class, white world to understand how economics, culture, body type, cancer, and/or sexual trauma can make breastfeeding difficult or impossible. So tired of sanctimonious mommies."

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Sunday Morning Medicine

By Jacqueline Antonovich

-The complex history of pain.
-Beauty spots and French Pox.
-AIDS and African American History.
-President Ford and the tamale incident.
-The history behind General Tso and his chicken.

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Vagina Dialogues

By Elizabeth Reis

Students at Mt. Holyoke College are protesting the annual performance of Eve Ensler's feminist classic, The Vagina Monologues. Their gripe with the play is that by focusing on vaginas, the play perpetuates "vagina essentialism," suggesting that ALL women have vaginas and that ALL people with vaginas are women. Transgender and intersex people have taught us that this seemingly simple "truth" is actually not true. There are women who have penises and there are men who have vaginas. Not to mention women born without vaginas! Hence, these Mt. Holyoke critics imply, the play contributes to the erasure of difference by presenting a "narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman," and shouldn't be produced on college campuses.

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Crimes Never Committed: Thoughts on The Imitation Game

By Adam Turner

Spoiler Alert: This isn't exactly a movie review (if you'd like one, I recommend Alex von Tunzelmann's review in The Guardian) but it may give away elements of the film. Be forewarned.

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Sunday Morning Medicine

By Jacqueline Antonovich

-Trans* history in Early America.
-Could this virus be good for you?
-History's worst diet: the tapeworm.
-The controversial history of skim milk.
-The stalking of an American President.
-Capitalism plus dope equals genocide.
-Recreating ancient Pompeii with legos.

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In Between Cultural Appropriation, Racism, and Sexism: Azealia Banks and the Erasure of Black Women in Rap

By Austin McCoy

Rap artist Azealia Banks, who released her debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, in November, made the news with her appearance on Hot 97's radio show, Ebro in the Morning, in December. In her 47 minute interview, Banks railed against white Australian-born pop singer-turned rap artist, Iggy Azalea, Azalea's boss, rapper, T.I., and against capitalism, slavery, and the appropriation of black culture. Azalea released her debut album, The New Classic in April, which shot up to #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Album and Rap charts. Her song "Fancy" dominated the airwaves. The positive reception even led Forbes to initially declare that Azalea "ran" rap.[1] This declaration, which Forbes eventually dialed back, underscored Banks's critique about appropriation and black women's exclusion and erasure in the corporate rap industry. Banks declared, "At the very fucking least, you owe me the right to my fucking identity. And not to exploit that shit. That's all we're holding onto with hip-hop and rap."

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