Tag: activism

Through the Eyes of the Establishment: Student Sexuality and the Dean of Women’s Office at Purdue University

Donna Drucker Purdue University in northern Indiana, like most American colleges and universities, experienced dramatic social and cultural changes in the 1960s and 1970s. The Dean of Women’s Office—which oversaw the affairs of female students until it merged with the Dean of Men’s Office to form the Dean of Students […]

Histories of Sexualities in Central and Eastern Europe

Łukasz Szulc Historical studies of sexualities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) remain scarce. Researchers from the region, as well as other parts of the world, however, are increasingly uncovering both the regional commonalities and local specificities of how diverse sexualities were lived, policed and represented in CEE, the area stretching from Austria […]

Rainbow Plaques: Mapping York’s LGBT History

Kit Heyam There are over 70 plaques in York, marking historically significant places from a Roman fortress (Bootham) to a minuscule street (Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate). While the original “blue plaque” scheme was started by English Heritage, any group may erect a plaque, marking spaces linked to people or events they consider worthy […]

The Conservative Roots of the Reproductive Rights Revolution

In our second installment of Notches’ series commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut decision, Beth Bailey invites us to complicate progressive narratives of the sexual revolution by analyzing the conservative underpinnings of Griswold and to re-focus our attention on women’s hard-fought struggles to redefine their roles in American society. Beth Bailey When I teach […]