A short history of unusual sex practices.
The long, strange journey of Eva Peron’s body.
Visual depictions of Sherlock Holmes throughout history.
Live pigeon shooting and other now defunct Olympic events.
A female condom fashion show.
A history of optical toys.
Black neighborhoods in Elizabethan London
France’s Belle Epoch leaves traces of radium all over Paris.
Is it easier to be a pregnant CEO or a pregnant maid? (hint: the answer is obvious.)
Whooping Cough makes a strong and scary comeback.
Have we found the remains of Mona Lisa?
The Berlin Wall as a medical cure?
Women’s struggle over sterilization.
The enslaved Master Chefs of Thomas Jefferson.
Massive slave burial ground found in the Caribbean.
How contraception could save thousands of lives around the world.
Oh, those “distracting” rape crisis centers.
Nursing Clio, a blog dedicated to discussing the history behind contemporary issues regarding medicine, health, sex, race, women, and gender, is looking for historians to become regular contributors. We are very interested in those who are writing about race, gender and medicine. We would also welcome those who can examine these topics from a global, transnational, or national perspective. Nursing Clio is a coherent, intelligent, informative, and fun historical source for these issues, and we are looking for indivduals who are excited at the propect of engaging in a public venue, examining how the personal is history.
Lost and found report cards.
Probably the most disturbing feminine hygiene ad ever (and as gender historians, we’ve seen many).
Did you celebrate Independence Day? These suffragettes did not.
20th century author Anaïs Nin insisted on poetry in her erotic fiction.
The toxic history of preserving body parts.
The story of the modern toilet.
AHA roundtable on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Health Care Act.
Whatever happened to Stonewall Jackson’s arm?
The very recent and surprising history of pink and blue as gender signifiers.
Masculinity and submission.
The computer your viewing this on was brought to you by a gay man.
Want to date like it’s 1938? Here’s a handy guide!
The long (and quite technical) history of the espresso machine.
The very first drinking song discovered?
The mystery of Dolly Madison’s red dress.
Were nuns too sexy in the Middle Ages?
Once upon a time (about two months ago) a group of academics/activists got together to start Nursing Clio, a collaborative blog project that aimed to engage with historical scholarship as a means to contextualize present-day political, social, and cultural issues surrounding gender and medicine. To be honest with you, dear readers (all 5 of you), in the planning stages I sometimes doubted whether we would have enough present-day material to continue the blog past the first month. What if we ran out of material? What if we said everything we needed to say? I made sure to make a list of emergency blog post ideas just in case we got desperate.
As it turns out, we have never once had to break into the emergency blog post survival kit. Between the North Carolina preacher who invoked the Holocaust in an anti-gay sermon, to the continuing War on Women, to the new movie Hysteria – our gender, medicine, and history cup runneth over, my friends.
Even Batgirl supports the ERA.
Menstrual huts protect against adultery.
An update on the man cured from AIDS.
Shocking information about women and HIV.
Our own Carolyn Herbst Lewis recently sat down with Jackie Wolf, host of WOUB’s Conversations From Studio B, to talk about her new book, Prescription For Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era. Carolyn’s book examines “how medical practitioners, especially family physicians, situated themselves as the guardians of Americans’ sexual well-being during the early years of the Cold War.