Praise in the American Historical Review

” Amy Werbel finds a way to tell a redemptive story of one of America’s most reviled and lampooned figures—the man who peeked into bedrooms and sought to take all the fun out of the sex Americans had there. . . . Perhaps nothing brings to life better the late nineteenth-century crisis in masculinity than a bunch of lawmakers panicking that they would be replaced by dildos. Amy Werbel’s new study turns up other surprises that will make the work of interest to students of art history as well as readers with an interest in gender and LGBTQ history.” – Judith Giesberg, American Historical Review (December, 2019)