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Anne Royall: Common Scold

by Jeff Biggers Bloody feet, sisters, have worn smooth the path by which you have come hither. —Abby Kelley Foster, National Women’s Rights Convention, 1851 In the summer of 1829, more than a century after Grace Sherwood had been plunged into the Lynnhaven

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Women Writers as Scolds, Again

by Jeff Biggers Brand her a “common scold.” That, in a nutshell, has been the “enough already” sentiment cast at Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, What Happened, by everyone from late night TV hosts to newspaper columnists. An ancient common-law crime applicable only

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