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Sex Wars by Marge Piercy
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I have not studied US history or literature extensively. However, I have been a student at "Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts" for two years in a row. A major lesson at MG's school is to celebrate your sensuality and sexuality as often as possible. I read Sex Wars to continue that aspect of my explorations.

I was unaware of the contributions of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Antony, and Virginia Woodhull to the overall improvement of women's lives--from safe sex to child custody to suffrage to the ability to enter into contracts. Though a piece of fiction, Sex Wars illustrates the fight our foremothers waged to improve the lives of women to follow. A balance to the women's work, Sex Wars introduced me to Anthony Comstock, a conservative/fundamentalist Christian who opposed erotica (written, visual, enacted) and safe sex/contraception.
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