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A Pot of Herbs, A Plastic Sheet, and Thou: A Historian Goes for a “V-Steam”

The first time I walked into the women’s area of my local Korean spa a few years back, my nose and my medical-history Spidey Sense both twitched. The unmistakable herbal scents of mugwort and yarrow were in the air, pleasant but almost strong enough to make me cough. Clearly there was some sort of medicinal… Read more →

Lysol ad, Hollywood Magazine, Jan-Dec 1939.
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Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news A modern girl’s guide to historical living. How the military gave us Cheetos and deli meat. A historian cooks a meal from a 1796 cookbook. On the problem of being charming in 1920s Britain. The freaks and fascinations of 18th-century entertainment. Want to flirt… Read more →

"Drag it out in the open" protest photo from Victor Silverman's and Susan Stryker's 2005 documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria.

Why Stonewall Needs Compton’s

One night in August 1966, a group of trans* women and queer youth rioted against years of stigmatization and routine police harassment. It started at a popular all-night hangout, Gene Compton’s Cafeteria, a chain restaurant in the Tenderloin and one of the few places trans* women could relax. In 1966 dressing as the “wrong gender”… Read more →

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A quack doctor offering a gouty John Bull some medicine whilst conventional doctors are turned away; satirizing British politics. Coloured lithograph attributed to J. Doyle. Wellcome Library, London.

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A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Hats off to women who saved the birds. The fluidity of marriage in Islamic history. It’s finally legal to bitch about Anne Boleyn. A 1950s safety guidebook for black travelers. How learning to swim has changed over time. A yiddish vegetarian cookbook from the… Read more →

Graphics by Adam Turner (CC-BY-NC). Underwear icon by Yazmin Alanis, and pregnant icon by Andrew McKinley, both from the Noun Project.

VULVALUV: Taking Wearable Tech to a New Place

It seems like every day a new health tracking gizmo appears in stores. The fitbit. The Apple Watch. TICKRx. Leaf, a tracker that’s advertised as “for women” because it’s a fitbit copycat shaped like a piece of jewelry. But are any of these really that special? Do any of them really understand what women need?… Read more →

Photoplay, Jul - Dec 1941
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A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Medical advertisements after FDA. The many fires that plagued P.T. Barnum. The lesbian surrealist who defied the Nazis. The rise and rapid fall of Freedomland USA. Women’s work in rural England, 1500-1700. Lesbian drag kings who worked for the Mafia. Campy couture: Barbie’s 1970s… Read more →