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Last week I wrote up a brown bag lunch talk, “Riotous Flesh: Gender, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice, 1830-1860,” given at the Massachusetts Historical Society by one of our research fellows, April Haynes. The talk was about nineteenth-century reformer Sylvester Graham and his campaign against the “solitary vice” of masturbation. April is particularly interested in how is lectures appealed to female activists, and how they used his ideas for their own purposes. Click through to The Beehive for more.

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