Hanne Blank

Hanne Blank spends her time thinking, learning, writing, and speaking at the crossroads of bodies, self, and culture. Joyfully spanning the town/gown divide as well as the mind/body split, her books include the histories Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality (Beacon Press, 2012) and Virgin: The Untouched History (Bloomsbury, 2007), the cult classic sex and body-acceptance book Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) (Celestial Arts, 2011), and numerous others. A former Scholar of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Hanne is a popular speaker and guest lecturer on topics from the history of the hymen to the politics of getting on top. Her current projects include books on MFK Fisher, the rights of human bodies, and the thoroughly gory history of gynecology.