The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men

I recently introduced one of my classes to Lucrezia Marinella, an early modern Venetian writer who published The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men in 1600. I think Marinella can be a lot of fun, but the students were relatively unenthusiastic. Possibly this was because Marinella’s polemic can be […]

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 […]