Diary Entry #12: Policing Sex in the State of Kansas
My guest this week uncovered an extremely dark past in our collective history regarding women, sex, and mass imprisonment. Between the first and second World Wars, thousands of women were rounded up, tested, and forcibly incarcerated over suspicion that they'd contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Some of the women who were imprisoned were married. None of them had done anything wrong. In fact, the youngest prisoners? Were children. Dr. Nicole Perry, with the University of Kansas, spent ten years researching this deeply disturbing chapter in U.S. history before penning the book, "Policing Sex in the Sunflower State." Dr. Perry's research lends a voice to these young women with lessons that continue to resonate today. Their stories - are Diary Entry #12.