Solidarity march for International Women's Day 2015 in New York City. (UN Women, J. Carrier/Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND)

No Safe Spaces: Missouri, ISIS, and What We Can Do About It

Before the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut a few weeks ago, I had begun writing an essay about race, gender, and free speech at the University of Missouri. The President and Chancellor have recently stepped down amidst charges from the student body that they were unresponsive to multiple incidents of racial intimidation (as well… Read more →

Lady Doctor by Adelaide Humphries, April 1964

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Bearded ladies on display. Menus of the 1850s and 1860s. The man who tried to weigh the soul. Have we found Queen Nefertiti’s tomb? Understanding anger in the 18th century. What Woodrow Wilson cost my grandfather. Were some medieval books made of fetal tissue?… Read more →

"Thanksgiving turkey," ca. 1910 and ca. 1915. (Bain News Service/Library of Congress | Public domain)

The Paradox of Thanksgiving

With its odd combination of tradition and invention, its appeals to the past and to the future, its ancestor worship and its acceptance of diversity, Thanksgiving is not merely America’s most treasured celebration but its most paradoxical. But at a moment when we are increasingly confronting the United States’ less-than-perfect history and challenging sacred myths,… Read more →

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Nursing Thanksgiving

In November 1820, the Reverend John Marsh delivered a Thanksgiving Day sermon in Haddam, Connecticut that couldn’t have been more orthodox and run of the mill, despite its auspicious occasion, the bicentenary of the Pilgrims’ First Landing in 1620. The town fathers deemed the homily worth publishing, and reading it today is perhaps a slog…. Read more →

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"Fives phases in batting at baseball; three phases at football." The human figure in motion, Eadweard James Muybridge, 1901.

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Getting a taste of Pilgrim life. Stonewall’s contested history. The glorious history of cat ladies. The female libido pill isn’t selling. 18 rules for young ladies in 1831. The story behind the first rape kit. You’re great-grandma’s dirty books. Ancient medicine and fetal personhood…. Read more →

The New York Illustrated Times reporting the arrest of "Madame Restell" in 1878. (Public domain)

“She Looks the Abortionist and the Bad Woman”: Sensation, Physiognomy, and Misogyny in Abortion Discourse

In November of 1866, a minor sensation rocked the Albany area following the death of the young widow Elizabeth Dunham, who passed away at her mother’s house on the third of the month under, as the Albany Argus primly noted, “suspicious circumstances.” The Argus’s suspicions quickly proved sound. An inquest performed the next day revealed… Read more →

La Doctoresse, sheet music,
Paris, c. 1900.

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news A history of death midwives. 6 jokes from 19th century America. The big, bad breastfeeding industry. Stonewall and the politics of memory. The misfortunes of a Victorian actress. 7 surprising facts about gay life in the 1970s. 10 things you won’t see on Downton… Read more →