The Politics of Celibacy

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By | Early Medicine

Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour discussed the topic “Why do people choose to become celibate?” this week. The Wellcome Library’s Senior Archivist Dr Lesley Hall offered historical context to the question, discussing both self-determined celibacy in the tradition of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata as well as enforced celibacy throughout the ages.

The programme is available to UK audiences via iPlayer for a week after the broadcast date (21 August)

Phoebe Harkins

Phoebe Harkins is Library Communications Co-ordinator at the Wellcome Library.

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2 comments on The Politics of Celibacy
  • Anonymous


    Though I realise you are mainly speaking to a UK audience, I would suggest you note that BBC programmes are only available via the iPlayer in the UK.

  • Phoebe


    Done! We normally default to that, so apologies for the oversight. Thanks for getting in touch.

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