A History of Sex Work: The “Common Prostitute”

As the “oldest profession in the world”, the history of sex work is long and complicated by society’s weird relationship with it. For centuries sex workers have occupied an odd space in society: reviled, segregated, treated as a necessary evil, pitied, seen in need of rescuing, seen as being vital parts to the economy…but not… Read More A History of Sex Work: The “Common Prostitute”

Queer Female History: attitudes towards sex

Famously, Queen Victoria didn’t believe that lesbians existed. She’s not the only one to think that, despite evidence of queer female love and sex cropping up all through history. Same-sex desire, and attitudes towards it, have changed over the course of human history, but women’s sex lives have always occupied a slightly odder place than… Read More Queer Female History: attitudes towards sex

A History of Contraception: Methods of Birth Control 1400-1800

Since the dawn of time women have both been having sex, and trying not to get pregnant. The history of contraception is long, and detailed, and usually kind of gross, but super important to think about when exploring the lives of women. There’s lots of reasons why a woman wouldn’t want to get pregnant, both… Read More A History of Contraception: Methods of Birth Control 1400-1800