Meet Massachusetts' Most Famous 19th Century Individualist Anarchist And Free Love Advocate

by Edgar B. Herwick III
August 5, 2016

If you think that the notion of "free love" was an idea born out of the 1960s—think again. In fact, free love caused quite the stir at Faneuil Hall this week, way back in the 1870s—when thousands gathered for a so-called indignation meeting in support of Ezra Heywood.

"He was a wonderful character, quite idiosyncratic," said Marty Blatt, director of Northeastern University’s public history program, who’s published a biography of Heywood. "He’s a perfectionist. He believes that human society can be perfected. He’s a spiritualist, he’s an optimist, and he has relentless energy for radical causes."

It didn’t start out that way. Heywood was born into a venerable Massachusetts family. And like the model of an upright, 19th-century Yankee, he entered Brown University to become a Christian minister.


Creating a Culture of Joyful Consent

By Rachael Goss
October 13, 2015

Part 2 in an Agency series: Confronting Sexual Assault on Campus

I’ve never called myself a survivor of sexual assault. What happened to me wasn’t exactly rape, but it wasn’t exactly consensual either. Somewhere around my senior year of college, I began partying a lot. One evening, I dropped acid with a male acquaintance. Things started out pretty great; we shared interesting conversation and enjoyed listening to music together. Then I started tripping pretty hard and things suddenly turned sexual between us. I don’t remember much about how it started, but I remember that he initiated it. I remember most vividly my ambivalence. I found my friend attractive, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to have sex with him.


Consent: Not actually that complicated

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A short one today as my life is currently very complicated and conspiring against my preference to spend all of my days working out what to blog. But do you know what isn’t complicated?


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