Households of Inspiration

Emerging organizations and the households they began

Ann Mussey talks about community organizations that were inspired from the household of Red Emma. For example, it was in Red Emma that the idea to set up a halfway house for ex-female prisoners was pondered as well as the idea for the Bradley Angle house, a shelter for domestic violence survivors and the Feminist Women's Health Clinic which served reproductive needs for women. Other households like Red Emma also started other groups such as a group from Reed College and a lesbian group from Wisconsin.

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Ann Mussey

Assistant Professor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Portland State University

Ann Mussey is a tenure-line faculty in Women' Studies. She received her doctorate in U.S. History with a specialty in women's history from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2001. Her research has evolved from historical queries about the social construction of lesbian subjectivity in twentieth-century U.S. to questions about the complex relationships between sexuality, citizenship, and the nation state. She teaches topics related to feminist theory, queer studies, and the history of sexuality. She is currently working on a book entitled Perversion and Power: Lesbians and the Sciences of Sexuality, 1920-1970. In her free time, you will find her working in the garden, watching old movies, playing with the family pooches, and digging the sunset.

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