Uncle Johnny’s Girl Farm: Escapism Through Utopian Fantasy in the mid-twentieth century

Date: 
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

Discussion Series: 'Uncle Johnny's Girl Farm': Escapism Through Utopian Fantasy

(Mid-twentieth century male escapism and pulp fiction fantasies)

Sunday, March 19, 1:00 PM

Today, the Oneida Community is known for its utopian social practices, including equality between women and men. But in the 1950s and 1960s, a number of men's magazines, such as Man's Conquest and Men, published salacious stories about "Uncle Johnny's girl farm" and "the sex cult that rocked New York." Those pulp-fictional stories not only misrepresented the lived history of the Oneida Community, they also expressed mid-twentieth century notions of male gender roles and monogamous marriage in their sensational re-inventions of 'utopian' alternatives.

Join us Sunday, March 19 at 1:00 pm as Molly Jessup, historian and curator of education for Oneida Community Mansion House, explores how the authors of twentieth-century pulp fiction sought to influence popular attitudes about gender roles and equality.

Members free; all others, $7.00, which includes house admission.

The discussion is part of a series supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant.