">Name: Pamphlet promoting free love banned from distribution in United States
Artist: Ezra Heywood|
Confronting Bodies: Anthony Comstock, a post office special agent and a leader of the social purity movement. The Society for the Suppression of Vice of New York
Date of Action: 1887
Specific Location: United States of America
Description of Artwork: Heywood's 23-page pamphlet, Cupid's Yokes, is a critique of the institution of marriage. It argues that it is nothing more than a social contract that makes a woman into a "prostitute for life." Free love, he says, would create more equality amongst the sexes and shift sexuality from being something desired to something under the control of reason.
However, a year later, D.M. Bennett, a publisher of a free-thought paper, was arrested by Comstock for distributing Cupid's Yoke through a mail order campaign. This time censors from the Society for the Suppression of Vice of New York wrote in to President Hayes, describing the pamphlet as "Advocating indiscriminate intercourse" and being destructive to the "moral, physical, and spiritual life of youth." A pardon was not granted for Bennett.
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