WBEZ | Marge Piercy http://www.wbez.org/tags/marge-piercy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sex Wars: The Turbulent Times of the First Wave of the Women's Movement http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sex-wars-turbulent-times-first-wave-womens-movement-107181 <p><p>Post-Civil War New York City is the battleground of the American dream: an era of vast fortunes and crushing poverty &mdash; an era surprisingly like our own, in which some of the most infamous characters in American history collide over the issues of sexuality, censorship, women&rsquo;s rights, and privacy.</p><div>In a sprawling fictionalized history written in the epic style of <strong>Marge Piercy</strong>&rsquo;s critically acclaimed <em>Gone to Soldiers</em>, <em>Sex Wars</em> unfolds through the alternating viewpoints of Victoria Woodhull, notorious advocate of sexual freedom and candidate for President of the United States; Anthony Comstock, feared morals crusader who fought to eliminate sexual expression; the free thinking suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton; and Freydeh, a spirited young Jewish woman from Russia who takes up condom-making to support herself and her unconventional family.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller <em>Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time</em>; eighteen volumes of poetry, and a critically acclaimed memoir<em> Sleeping with Cats</em>. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women&rsquo;s movement, and more recently an active participant in the resistance to the war in Iraq.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JAHH-webstory_9.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Recorded live Tuesday, April 14, 2013 at the&nbsp;Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.</p></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sex-wars-turbulent-times-first-wave-womens-movement-107181