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This Week in Princeton History for July 8-14

by April C. Armstrong *14

In this week’s installment in our recurring series, a student is quoted on attitudes toward women among gay men on campus, a professor writes about inflation, and more.

July 8, 1805—The editor of Trenton’s Miscellany begs an unnamed Princeton student and a few other problematic correspondents,

we request that they may erase their names from our subscription list. … It is with regret we are thus compelled to notice these scribblers, but justice to ourselves, our friends, and the state we live in, impel us to this measure.

July 10, 1983—The New York Times quotes “John,” a Princeton University graduate student, on misogyny among gay men locally: “I’ve been around many homosexual men who hate women.” John says this is less so the case among younger gay men, but sometimes “misogyny comes out, like with one friend who recently remarked, ‘I have trouble remembering women’s names.’”

Handwritten letter giving notice of the name change from the Gay Alliance of Princeton (GAP) to Gay Women of Princeton (GWOP)
Barb Clanton ‘84 wrote to Ambitious Amazons, the publishers of Lesbian Connection, on November 19, 1983. She noted a change in the name of the organization representing lesbian students at Princeton to “Gay Women of Princeton,” a reflection of their decision to break away from the Gay Alliance of Princeton (a male-dominated space), in part due to the need to further advance feminist causes. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance Records (AC037), Box 1.

July 13, 1946—Professor Emeritus Frank A. Fetter writes in an editorial for the Saturday Evening Post blaming inflation on “too much money.” “Under these conditions, industrial warfare is inevitable.”

July 14, 1938—Two members of the Class of 1941 set sail for Germany aboard the S.S. Europa. Their trip is sponsored by the German government as part of a program to promote transnational understanding between young Americans and young Germans.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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