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Early Asexual Feminists: The Asexual History of Social Purity Activists and Spinsters

Daria Kerschenbaum is an asexual writer and artist working in New York City. You can follow her on Instagram @Daria_Kersch.

“[…]spinsters were seen as queer, not because they were not mothers or wives, but because they wanted to go into the public sphere and to break the gender boundaries between the private and the public.” — Hellesund Tone (Read Full Article)

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makingqueerhistory:

Don’t let people convince you that queer history is unimportant. That we are a side note, that our identities aren’t important enough to be mentioned in anything but the footnotes. While you cannot blame any one source for the erasure of our history you most certainly can hold every source accountable. Don’t let people off the hook for a second when they try to ignore the history of our community, we deserve better.

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Queer history did not start with Stonewall. That doesn’t make Stonewall unimportant but it is critical to realize that by only talking about queer history in context of Stonewall and America is erasure, and feeds into the attitude that queerness is somehow a recent development.

Even if it is not intentional, the impact of not directly addressing the fact that there are queer people and queer movements before Stonewall is harmful.  

makingqueerhistory: We are starting a new pro…

makingqueerhistory:

We are starting a new project here at Making Queer History. Since we are working to expand our research materials, we will be enlisting our audiences help.

Basically we are doing an “adopt a book” system that will allow our audience to help us grow our library. It will be set up so that if anyone wants to send in a donation to the project that money would go to buying a queer history book off of the projects wishlist. And when you donate towards a book your name (and possibly a message of your choice) gets written on the title page.

If you want to be a part of this program, send in a donation here. We will also ask you to add a message along with the donation saying 

“Foster a Library Donation
[Name]
[If you want it to go towards a specific book off of the wishlist add the title and author]
[Message of your choice]”

If you are only able to donate a little other names will on the page as well and I can take pictures and post updates on the books on the project’s Instagram.

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makingqueerhistory:

There has been a disturbing trend I have noticed in discussions of queer history and I think it is important to address.

There are a lot of people saying things like “people who talk about queer history and don’t know about (fill in the blank) are ridiculous”. And that in itself is not a problem but the blank is ALWAYS filled with something from American/British history.

I have discussed this before but I want to say it again, prioritizing American/British history is a horrible trend that is aggressively prevalent within the queer community. And posts and discussions that place those narratives as Need to Know yet never place importance on stories from other countries are incredibly damaging and something people need to keep an eye on in the projects and work they follow and in themselves.

We can do better than this, we have to do better than this.

Regular

makingqueerhistory:

Don’t let people convince you that queer history is unimportant. That we are a side note, that our identities aren’t important enough to be mentioned in anything but the footnotes. While you cannot blame any one source for the erasure of our history you most certainly can hold every source accountable. Don’t let people off the hook for a second when they try to ignore the history of our community, we deserve better.

Regular

makingqueerhistory:

Queer history did not start with Stonewall. That doesn’t make Stonewall unimportant but it is critical to realize that by only talking about queer history in context of Stonewall and America is erasure, and feeds into the attitude that queerness is somehow a recent development.

Even if it is not intentional, the impact of not directly addressing the fact that there are queer people and queer movements before Stonewall is harmful.  

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makingqueerhistory:

Remember that queer history is global. There is not one country in the world that has no queer community and no queer history. No matter what the laws may be queer people have always existed and we have always made history and never let anyone tell you differently.

For all the scattered hubs of gayness and for …

For all the scattered hubs of gayness and for all the straight world’s belief in the contagion of homosexuality, it is not a behaviour that requires a gay culture to spread. From the individual stories that eventually emerged, we know that throughout America, in every corner of the country and in every level of society and at every time in history, two men or two women would look at each other with silent understanding and, once again, homosexuality was invented.

Institute of Sexology, a Place of Learning

Institute of Sexology, a Place of Learning:

The existence of the Institute in Berlin, Germany, may be surprising, given the way most of Germany’s history has been framed. Before the rise of Hitler, however, Germany was the heart of queer activism in Europe. Some of the most prolific queer researchers and doctors made their homes in Berlin, and because of their presence, the city became a hotbed for advocacy and open discussion. Naturally, much of that open discussion can be attributed to the existence of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft.

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