You wouldn't think there's much love or sex in a graveyard, but it turns out that Laurel Hill Cemetery has plenty of both. Like the Philadelphia banker's son who married one of America's most beautiful actresses. She dumped him. And the devoted wife who had her heart - her real heart, not a paper cutout - buried next to her first husband. And the Union general who sent the Civil War equivalent of nude selfies to a lover who, after being spurned, published his private yearnings in a book. During the last two years, Laurel Hill has turned Valentine's Day into more than a rush of roses and chocolates.
Discovering Sex in the Civil War
Tales of erotica at Laurel Hill Cemetery
The image of Donald Trump signing an order reinstating the global gag rule this February was striking. Surrounded by a group of men — and one woman, all of them white — Trump approved an order that will affect millions of women and girls around the world who rely on programs supported by the United States that provide access to health care, including birth control and abortions. US money has never been allocated to provide abortions, but, as I understand it, this new measure restricts the assistance non-governmental organizations NGOs can offer women and girls in many places around the world. This is the story I tell in Sex and the Civil War. It begins with pornography, or more particularly the mass-produced erotic fiction, cartes de visite , playing cards, and stereographs that soldiers read and shared during the war. New printing technologies and rapid and cheap mail delivery made the business of porn profitable.
Sex in the American Civil War
This photograph hints at the delights in store for fans of pre hard core. View Slideshow Editor's Note: Some links in this story lead to adult material and are not suitable for viewing at work. That might explain why RetroRaunch NSFW , which maintains a collection of more than 40, images of vintage erotica, boasts the highest subscriber-retention rates in the industry.
Traditional histories of the Civil War steer clear of sex and birth control in favor of heroes and battles. This ignores reality. Court martial records list over , incidents of sexual misconduct, and the Surgeon General of the United States Army documented , cases of venereal disease in the Union Army. The men and women, too who produced these alarming statistics came from all ranks of society.