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Homo Economics- edited by Amy Gluckman and Betsy Reed
Things this book has a lot of: Marxist feminist analysis of sexuality. Things I am tired of reading: Marxist feminist analysis of sexuality. Also, there's a chapter asking "do gay men have a stake in male privilege?" If you even have to ASK that, let alone answer it with anything other than "well obviously", we can't be friends.

Ann the Word: The Story of Ann Lee, Female Messiah, Mother of the Shakers- Richard Francis
This isn't my favorite biography of Ann Lee, but it's alright. It's a tad shallow for my liking, and Francis seems to have a hard time refraining from performing armchair psychiatry on Lee.

The Remarkable Life of John Murray Spear: Agitator for the Spirit Land- John Benedict Buescher
I was led to this book by my new favorite wikipedia page from a "creepy wikipedia articles!" post that was going around tumblr. It's awesome. Don't pretend you don't want to read the biography of an abolitionist, anti-death penalty Unitarian preacher-turned-spiritualist who tried to create a machine he believed would deliver humanity from darkness that was created to physically resemble a person and was ritualistically "birthed" by a woman who had a hysterical pregnancy and had to be given energy by people having sex in the same room as it. I mean, really.

Mormon Sisters: Women in Early Utah- edited by Claudia L. Bushman
This is such a nice general overview of women in early Utah and anyone even vaguely interested in the topic should definitely read it.

No Turning Back: Two Nuns' Battle With the Vatican over Women's Right to Choose- Barbara Ferraro and Patricia Hussey
I don't have anything witty or intelligent to say about this book beyond "I FELT SO SAD THE WHOLE TIME WOW" so I'm just going to link to this .gif from Bob's Burgers as a representation of how it made me feeeeeel.

Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance- Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pellegrini
This is mostly good? I like the chapter where they break down the idea of America as a Judeo-Christian nation (that "Judeo" is just tacked on there to obscure the fact that Christianity is still all up in our government like woah, y'all), but feel it falls apart a bit in some of the later chapters where they want to talk about the idea of sex being as much of a non-controversial personal and public choice as food but somehow don't explore what this would mean deeply enough while still weirdly idealizing it.
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