Miller, George Noyes

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(1845-1904) US and author, usually of nonfiction texts about the Utopian Oneida Community, whose radically Feminist precepts about Sex – women retain control over their sexual behaviour – are reflected and expounded in The Strike of a Sex (1890) and its sequel After the Strike of a Sex: Or Zugassent's Discovery: With the Oneida Community and the Perfectionists of Oneida and Wallingford (1896), both assembled as The Strike of a Sex and Zugassent's Discovery; Or, after the Sex Struck (omni rev 1901). In the first volume, a visitor to the Utopia of Hustleburg finds the scene unremarkable except for the absence of women, who have gathered to hear whether a plebiscite has granted their demands: essentially an idealized, Oneida-style sexual autonomy (see Sex); the eponymous Discovery whose implications dominate the second volume is not, sadly, described, though it seems to be a form of birth control, probably coitus interruptus. [JC]

George Noyes Miller

born Windham, Vermont: 13 September 1845

died Short Beach, Connecticut: 11 July 1904

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