Dianna Anderson’s Damaged Goods

[content note: rape, victim-blaming] When I was in middle school, I didn’t think that it was possible for a husband to rape his wife. To the extent that I thought about sex and marriage at all, it seemed to me that the wife’s “I do” in the marriage ceremony constituted a “yes” to sex with […]

(In)Visibility and Privilege

I felt strangely vulnerable as I made my way through the London Underground one evening last September. I was dressed normally, and I wasn’t carrying anything particularly valuable. But I found myself more than usually alert to my surroundings (more even than the low-grade, background uneasiness common to any woman in a public space). I […]

Human Imperfection and Communion

In London this semester, I went to as much theatre as I possibly could. I enjoyed all of it—the slapstick comedy of The Play that Goes Wrong, the surprisingly good heart of The Book of Mormon, the gritty politics of Martin Freeman as Richard III, the only slightly varnished realism of John. Two performances were […]

“And Women”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” So states the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, the product of the Seneca Falls Convention led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott in 1848. The convention was a founding moment in American first-wave feminism, the topic of episode 2.1 […]

Convent Thoughts and Purity Culture

A nun stands in thought within a walled garden in Charles Allston Collins’s Convent Thoughts (1851). The painting emphasizes the sexless purity of the nun, with her downcast eyes and her featureless pillar of an entirely veiled body. She is cold and grey in contrast with the Pre-Raphaelite profusion of detailed plant life, so pallid […]