Articles by Nicki Leone

October 19, 2016

The Legacy of Margaret Sanger: On Sabrina Jones’s ‘Our Lady of Birth Control’ 1

When we consider “life-changing” advances we tend to think of things like electricity or automobiles. Birth control never makes the list. But the ability for women to take a pill and choose when or whether to get pregnant is revolutionary.

May 4, 2016

Does Becoming a Mother Mean Immolation? 2

Know the Mother is a welcome antidote to the fetishization of motherhood that tends to reach its obscenely sugar-coated peak in the month of May.

June 18, 2015

A True Radical: Mary Daly, Desire, and Exuberant Feminist Ethics 4

She found the lectures stifling, but the intellectual demands bracing. She called it “seven years’ ecstatic experience interspersed with brief periods of gloom…a sort of lengthy spiritual-intellectual chess game.”

January 14, 2013

Post-40 Bloomers: Samuel Richardson, Persuading Pamela 0

Modern readers might be somewhat amused to learn that this bodice-ripper is regarded as one of the early examples of “realistic” fiction. Is there any plot less true to life than the lord of the manor marrying his serving girl? But Pamela’s realism has little to do with the plausibility of the story. It lies, instead, in the novel’s scope and language.