It is nearly a truism that the law is one of the most powerful weapons in the centuries-old battle to control women's sexuality. Yet significant gaps remain in historical study of that conflict. Scott W. Stern addresses a largely forgotten front.
New Issue S & S: Gender, Sexuality and Surveillance – The Surveillance Studies Network
For the first week, we wanted to provide participants with context and some familiarity with the racio-sexual mores in mids New England. We also assigned reading of the novel The Narrows, by Ann Petry and suggested that, although we would not be doing an in-depth discussion during Week 1, they read chapters in preparation for the first class. We decided to help contextualize the discussion of the articles by providing a printed, branched timeline. This visual chronology of key legal and legislative milestones helped to document and organize evidence both for the current state and for the natural evolution of public sexual mores throughout that period of time, including evidence from popular publications of the period. We discussed the remarkable popularity of these publications: over , sold per monthly issue of Tan Confession after only three months of publication. In addition to the several popular publications already mentioned, we included two academic articles that analyzed the period, one from a sociological point of view and other from a cultural point of view.
What is sexual surveillance and why does it matter
Stern Beacon Press. When World War I broke out, men across America left their hometowns and moved to army bases. Government officials, eager to build the strongest army possible, scrambled to keep these new soldiers safe from an insidious threat: women.
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