The contraception capsule might haven’t come available on the market till 1960, however a wide range of efficient contraception strategies had been out there to each ladies and men within the United States properly earlier than 1850, Wagner stated.
It was the Comstock Act, handed in 1873, that modified all the pieces — permitting Anthony Comstock, a conservative Christian who proposed the laws, to find out what was thought of “obscene” within the nation. “He decided that anything to do with sex or reproduction was obscene,” Wagner stated.
As a outcome, a whole lot of individuals had been arrested and imprisoned beneath the Comstock Act for distributing or possessing contraception, or publishing details about it. The activist Ida Craddock was amongst them, arrested for distributing such info. She took her personal life shortly earlier than her sentencing, which she believed could be life imprisonment.
In her suicide observe, she wrote: “I earnestly hope that the American public will awaken to a sense of the danger which threatens it from Comstockism.”
MYTH: Feminists burned bras.
REALITY: No bras had been burned! Seriously.
The fantasy emerged on a sizzling summer time day in 1969, when feminists gathered on the boardwalk of the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., to protest the competitors.
They had deliberate to burn their bras, however they couldn’t get the permits — so as an alternative they threw their bras, girdles, curling irons and different “instruments of female torture,” into a large trash can labeled “freedom.” Ahead of the protest, The New York Post reported that bras had been to be burned. (Read extra about that protest right here.)
Ultimately, the parable has been used to vilify and pigeonhole feminists ever since, Wagner stated.
Want to listen to extra from Dr. Wagner? She’ll be in dialog with Gloria Steinem, the Mohawk Bear clan mom Louise Herne and the New York Times gender editor Jessica Bennett in New York on International Women’s Day, March eight. Tickets are nonetheless out there.
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