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  1. May 2019
  2. digital.library.upenn.edu digital.library.upenn.edu
    1. authority

      also sort of fascinated by the citation practices here

    2. simple statement of the physiological facts is essential.

      using science and reason to argue against the idea that the husband is owed sex

    3. scientific and detailed


    4. The idea that woman is lowered or "soiled" by sexual intercourse is still deeply rooted in some strata of our society. Many sources have contributed to this mistaken idea, not the least powerful being the ascetic ideal of the early church, and the fact that man has used woman as his instrument so often regardless of her wishes. Women's education and the trend of social feeling have largely been in the direction of encouraging the idea that sex-life is a low, physical, and degrading necessity which a pure woman is above enjoying.

      breaking out of certain Victorian ideals

    5. Now, physical passion, so swiftly stimulated in man, tends to override all else, and the untutored male sees but one thing – the accomplishment of desire. The woman, for it is in her nature so to do, forgives the crudeness, but sooner or later her love revolts, probably in secret, and then forever after, though she may command an outward tenderness, she has nothing within but scorn and loathing for the act which should have been a perpetually recurring entrancement.


    6. Now that so many "movements" are abroad, folk on all sides are emboldened to express the opinion that it is marriage itself which is at fault.

      context: free love, etc.

    7. prostitution

      the State

    8. woman

      what does all this say about Stopes's ideas about gender? what assumptions underlie these assertions?

    9. Leaving out of account "femmes incomprises" and all the innumerable cases of neurotic, supersensitive, and slightly abnormal people, it still remains an astonishing and tragic fact that so large a proportion of normal marriages lose their early bloom and are to some extent unhappy.

      more language about the "abnormal." making sure that readers feel okay thinking about sex, and that doing so doesn't make them "abnormal."

    10. divergences

      it would be interesting to ctrlF language related to difference, happiness, etc. Stopesian keywords

    11. differences


    12. Only by obedience to the laws of the lower plane can one step up to the plane above.

      yes: my comment above

    13. finest flux in which wondrous new creations take their rise.

      I think she's trying to convince her readers that sex is not base physicality by presenting this preoccupation with the soul

    14. he would do well to read some such books as those of Forel, Havelock Ellis, Bloch, or Krafft-Ebing, in order that his own nature may be made known to him. He may then discover to which type of our widely various humanity he belongs. He need not read my book, for it is written about, and it is written for, ordinary men and women, who feeling themselves incomplete, yearn for a union that will have power not only to make a fuller and richer thing of their own lives, but which will place them in a position to use their sacred trust as creators of lives to come.

      setting herself up in contrast to major sexologists: showing she knows their work (expertise) but making clear that she is talking about "normal," not "deviant"

    15. Edward Carpenter

      major sexologist: very important

    16. happiness

      what would it look like to read Stopes's preoccupation with "happiness" in the light of Sara Ahmed's "feminist killjoy"?

    17. some lighter than the filmiest cobweb, or than the softest wave of music, iridescent with the colors not only of the visible rainbow, but of all the invisible glories of the wave-lengths of the soul.

      why does she write like this? this is a serious question: what's behind these rhetorical moves?

    18. form


    19. I do not touch upon the many human variations and abnormalities which bulk so largely in most books on sex, nor do I deal with the many problems raised by incurably unhappy marriages. In the following pages I speak to those – and in spite of all our neurotic literature and plays, they are in the great majority – who are normal, and who are married or about to be married, and hope, but do not know how, to make their marriages happy and successful.

      "normal"—a move to make readers comfortable?

    20. the State by adding to their number. Its object is to increase the joys of marriage, and to show how much sorrow may be avoided. The only secure basis for a present-day State is the welding of its units in marriage: but there is rottenness and danger at the foundations of the State if many of the marriages are unhappy.


    21. in short to help the Man and the Woman to go through life in mutual love and respect, finding full satisfaction in each other, without any desire for any other man or woman.

      again: a fascinating idea of what the purpose of sexology is meant to be

    22. it becomes the sexologist's most sacred duty to do everything in his power to make the monogamic relationship as pleasant as possible

      what do we think of this characterization of the duty of the sexologist?

    23. radical sexologists

      would love to know who he has in mind here...

    24. go chaste to the marriage-bed

      I find Stopes's rhetorical flourishes to be sort of fascinating and overheated.

  3. Feb 2019
    1. Scholarly communication will likely become shapeless and fluid, taking no definitive form, and blurring the lines completely between collaboration and discoverability.  As a result, the process by which academics and scholars share and publish their research findings will likely shift more than anything else does. The phases of the scholarly communication life cycle will no longer be to first research then author and publish; and lastly to store and archive. Rather it will start to look a bit more like this – a researcher is conducting their research, and in live time their findings are shared and published to the community at-large


    2. That being said, the boundaries of the “article” have definitely become more porous over the past decade or so, and probably will become more so as time goes on. Preprints, blog posts, data sets, etc. will all continue to be important products of scholarship and each will continue to serve some of the functions that were, in the past, served only by traditionally-configured articles.

      like this point about the "boundaries" being "porous"

    3. Given that many of my fellow Chefs are likely to focus on the scientific article, I’m going to highlight some of the exciting trends in the humanities

      useful insights here re: scholarly publishing in the humanities

  4. Jan 2016
    1. this is one of my favorite poems to teach in ENGL 134. it can be difficult to get through, but it lets us talk about a lot of interesting ideas.