JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Fall 2017) intimate relationshi are not always substantiated with evidence, and relatively frequent, minors errors related to the documentary record sometimes throw larger conclusions into question. McGrathâs decision to limit her consideration to heterosexual relationshi leaves the question of how non-normative intimate relations can complicate our understandings of colonial histories for other scholars to explore. Th eres a St rou th Ga ul is professor of English and Director of Women and Gender Studies at Texas Christian University. She is editor of To Marry An Indian: The Marriage of Harriett Gold and Elias Boudinot in Letters, 1823â1839 (Chapel Hill, NC, 2005) and Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown, 1818â1823 (Lincoln, NE, 2013). Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-Century America. By April R. Haynes. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015. Pp. 248. Cloth, $85.00; Paper, $27.50.) Reviewed by Allison K. Lange In Riotous Flesh, April Haynes examines the moral reformers who crusaded against the solitary vice (masturbation) in the North between 1830 and 1860. Activists contended that unlike heterosexual sex, this type of stimulation caused insanity, illness, and even death. She argues that âonly through the efforts
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Sep 1, 2017
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