Race, Femininity, and Moral Panics in History

Christen McCurdy’s final post in her “Lady Liquor” series at Bitch Magazine looks at three of the ways prohibitionists have exploited women and minorities:

“Female gin consumption was problematized and value-loaded as an act of moral significance,” writes Elise Skinner. “This is reflected in the response of magistrates and the disproportionate convictions of women. The perception of reformers and their attempt to regulate women is a complex interplay between the lives and economic realities of women, the influence of the press and the institution of government.”