I would say it has to do with the sexual anxiety that's always been a part of American racism. The South (and the North's) biggest fear about ending slavery was that it would lead to black equality and miscegenation (interracial breeding). Of course, this was mostly a fear of black men having children with white women… » 1/23/15 4:40pm Friday 4:40pm

My children's doctor is a teaching doctor, so when I take the kids in for an appointment, he usually has a student doctor in tow. This also means that I sometimes get an education about a number of unpleasant medical realities. At my daughter's last exam (she's 15 months), after examining her labia (with her two older… » 1/23/15 2:54pm Friday 2:54pm

At the International Congress on Medieval studies in Kalamazoo (not to be confused with the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England), there was a series of Wikipedia write-ins on the topic of medieval women writers. Not sure how successful it was, but it sounds like a good idea. » 1/23/15 2:44pm Friday 2:44pm