Nursing Clio Presents Its Fifth Annual Best of List

Favorite Book Eileen Sperry: Circe by Madeline Miller. Stunning prose, amazing storytelling, and Nursing Clio approved! Laura Ansley: Long time readers will know I can never pick just one book. For fiction, I loved Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast) and City of Girls by Elizabeth… Read more →

The Gender Politics of the “Sexy Chef” in Romance Literature

After finishing my master’s degree in Gastronomy in July 2013, I gave myself an academic reading palate cleanser.1 I devoured dozens of romance novels that summer before I began my PhD. Some were good: saucy and satisfying. Others were less good: dull and uninspired, though still relatively enjoyable, like the breadsticks at Olive Garden. One… Read more →

Hijabophobia: An Unseen but Entirely Visible Force

In August 2017, a burqa-clad woman stepped into the chambers of the Australian parliament and sat down. To the individuals behind the cameras, she was entirely unknown. But for the members of Parliament, it was all too obvious who she was and what she was trying to do. The black cloth came off to reveal… Read more →

“Keepers of the Light”: A Musical History of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

Music forms a critical part of every documented human culture, providing a functional and emotional form of communication. Studies show that individuals who make or listen to music experience heightened levels of oxytocin and endorphins, resulting in decreased pain perception and relief from symptoms of depression. Within groups, creating music can sync heartbeats, leading to… Read more →

Glitter Conservators: Thinking Conservation through Feminism

A golden sculpture of a winged woman holding a laurel wreath with her right arm and a broken chain with the other rises stoically above Mexico City. She is standing on her toes, bare chested, on a stone column erected over a base with five male figures known as the “Apotheosis to the Father of… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Black mothers matter. Abolitionist, activist, dwarf. A brief history of the crock pot. The best queer YA novels of 2019. L.A.’s gay past, told in six landmarks. The long history of the singular “they.” A feminist report from the U.S.-Mexico border. The Scottish sisters… Read more →

A Curious New Woman: Veronica Speedwell

It is June 1887, and London is preparing to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, marking the 50th year of her reign. The once young and luminous Queen is now, however, a plump German widow, viewed increasingly by many as little more than a symbolic figurehead. In 1887, the British Empire is vast, covering nearly 25%… Read more →

Worcestershire Sauce and the Geographies of Empire

Had a Bloody Mary to drink at brunch? Ate a Caesar salad last week? Munched on deviled eggs at that party? All of these dishes, and many more, commonly are made with Worcestershire sauce. But behind this seemingly innocuous condiment is a much larger colonial history that touches on issues of authenticity, domestication, and Anglicization…. Read more →

Difficult Truths: A Review of Anuradha Bhagwati’s Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience

Anuradha Bhagwati is not a dude-bro. She doesn’t defend “Murica” with blind reverence. She does not fit the common trope of an American Marine. She could, however, outrun and outshoot many of those who do. But these skills probably did not help the horrifying truth that, during her service in the Marine Corps, she rarely… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news The end of men, in 1870. A medieval new England. How herpes became a sexual boogeyman. Artificial intelligence has a gender problem. The photographer who x-rayed Chernobyl. How today’s queer artists are revising history. How male bias in medical trials ruined women’s health. Study… Read more →