New podcast uses oral histories to explore the history of sexuality and gender

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Sexing History is a new podcast that examines how the history of sexuality shapes present day cultures and politics.

This podcast, hosted by historians Gillian Frank and Lauren Gutterman, uses oral histories, archival sound clips, commentary and analysis, and interviews with other scholars to tell compelling stories about the past to illuminate the sexual politics of our present.

Our first episode looks at the story of Aaron Fricke. In 1980, Aaron sued his Rhode Island school district after they prohibited him from bringing his same-sex partner to prom. We are delighted that Aaron shared his history with us and you can access the episode on our website.

The second episode tells the story of Dr. Kenneth Edelin, an African American abortion provider, who was charged with manslaughter for performing a legal abortion shortly after Roe v Wade. This episode features an oral history with Dr. Edelin's attorney, Frank Sussman.

Our most recent episode explores the history of the postwar obsession with large breasts in the United States and the products sold to women to enhance their bodies. It features an oral history with Jennie Ivey, a writer who purchased a breast enhancement device in the late 1960s.

You can subscribe to our podcasts through iTunes,, Feedburner,, and Stitcher,, and please head over to our website,, for more information or to get a sneak peak of future episodes.


Sexing History

Gillian Frank--host and co-creator
Lauren Gutterman--host and co-creator
Rebecca L Davis--producer and story editor
Saniya Lee Ghanoui--producer
Devin McGeehan Muchmore--producer