Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news How to avoid “inspiration porn.” The Upjohn pharmacy in Disneyland. Barrier-free ghost hunting at Gallaudet. Pumping milk through polls and protests. How local TV made “bad” movies a thing. The whistleblowers of the My Lai Massacre. When flagellation was a national obsession. Writing queer… Read more →

Colonial Politics are Reproductive Politics: A Review of Brianna Theobald’s Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

This year, a panel of experts on reproductive health in Indigenous communities gave a briefing to Congress asking for, among a host of other demands, the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. The panel argued for more attention toward the effects of such restrictions on Native people amid a flurry of abortion bans that limit reproductive… Read more →

The Universal Basic Income and the Myth of the Housewife

A recent article by Amber A’Lee Frost in Jacobin magazine argues that presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s proposal for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) would be bad because the US had already tried a version of it, and, as an experiment, it was an abject failure. According to Frost, the people who last received a UBI… Read more →

FBI Files and Historical Practice

My undergraduates are always horrified to learn that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) once tried to convince Martin Luther King Jr. to kill himself or else it would release damning evidence of his extramarital affairs. The FBI’s letter to King is exemplary of the contentious relationship between the Bureau and social justice activists and… Read more →

Showing Up, Building Community, and Creating Grace: A Review of Lindy West’s The Witches Are Coming

At 11 am CT on January 20, 2017 — just as Donald Trump was being sworn in as the forty-fifth President of the United States in Washington, DC — I was sworn in as a brand new American citizen in Rock Island, Illinois. It was an odd day. On the one hand, knowing that the… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news The power of mapping. The end of Three Mile Island. A brief history of Christmas shopping. The accidental invention of Play-Doh. The history of women’s terrible pockets. The man whose face got stuck like that. Can a porn website liberate women in art? Uncovering… Read more →

Mujeres Libres: Women, Anarchy, and the Fragility of Democracy in Spain

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez decided to call a snap election in April 2019 following the withdrawal of support by the Catalan separatists who were propping up his government. The short-term implications of another general election in Spain were great, as the lack of a stable government in recent years has impacted Spain’s social… Read more →

Medieval Bodies, Head to Toe

The skeletal diagram in Mansur ibn Ilyas’s fifteenth-century medical text, the Tashrih-i badan-i insan, looks at first glance like it’s been drawn by someone who’s never seen a human body before. The skull is oddly triangular, the jawbone tapering to a sharp point and perched on an over-elongated neck. The script-like scalloping of the clavicle… Read more →

Subversive Samplers: How an Educational Exercise Became a Tool of Feminist Protest

In the spring of 2016, Edith-Anne’s sampler went viral. Stitched in shades of blue and green and marked with an unusual verse, this small piece of needlework is the creation, not of a girl named Edith-Anne, but of a modern needleworker named Judy Estep. During the early 1990s, Estep published a series of “primitive” sampler… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Hacking Barbie. Asexuality in gaming. Dial meow for murder. Soap operas and rape. The sleek history of airline maps. Male nudes, exposed and examined. A fun romp through the history of sex. The mistake that toppled the Berlin Wall. When America tried to deport… Read more →