Category Archives: Women and Gender History

Historians’ Role in DOMA Decision

Historians played a role in the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Organizations of academic and public historians intervened directly in U.S. v. Windsor as it reached the Supreme Court. Steven Mintz points … Continue reading

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Sexual Assault in the US Military

Sexual assault in the United States military has recently been recognized as a serious problem, but the issue has deep roots. Veterans of the Vietnam War have begun to offer testimony of sexual assaults during the 1960s and 1970s. A … Continue reading

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Sex, Gender, and World War II

Marie Louise Roberts explores gender and sexuality among American soldiers serving in France during the Second World War in a new book entitled, What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France. Roberts is Professor of … Continue reading

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First Gay Marriage Celebrated in Montpellier

The first gay marriage in France has been celebrated in Montpellier. Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau married on 29 May 2013 in this southern French city— the first gay couple to be officially wedded as the new law legalizing gay … Continue reading

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Gender Studies Under Fire in France

The academic field of gender studies is under attack in France. The debate over gay marriage has prompted many French conservative politicians and Catholics to severely criticize gender studies for undermining family relations and traditional society. Conservative political and religious … Continue reading

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France Legalizes Gay Marriage

France has passed a law to allow gay marriages, becoming the ninth nation in Europe to legalize gay marriage. President Hollande signed the law today, 18 May, and the first legal marriages will be held on 28 May. The French … Continue reading

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Blogs about War and Society

It is sometimes difficult to find an audience for academic blogs and internet resources amid the vast blogosphere. I am pleased to find that this blog has been featured in an article on blogs that deal with war and society … Continue reading

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