Tenth Street Baths

Steaming the “Nefarious Sin”: Bathhouses and Homosexuality from the Victorian Era to the AIDS Epidemic

When and where public baths have been popular, they’ve meant different things to different cultures. They might be sites for socializing, religious purification, spiritual/bodily cleanliness, relaxation/pampering, public health/hygiene, homosocialiality, and, of course, sex, or some combination of those things. At the start of the twentieth century, single-gender communal bathhouses were Read more…

Jazz Cleopatra

Josephine Baker took Europe by storm, reaching dizzying heights in her fame. Yet when she returned to the US, she was rejected by her fellow countrymen. Join the History Buffs as they discuss Baker, bananas, and racism in Europe and the Americas.