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Perversion by penumbras : Wolfenden, Griswold, and the transatlantic trajectory of sexual privacy.

Minto, David (2018) 'Perversion by penumbras : Wolfenden, Griswold, and the transatlantic trajectory of sexual privacy.', American historical review., 123 (4). pp. 1093-1121.

Abstract

This article provides a queer, transnational account of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1965 articulation, in Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965), of a constitutional right to privacy. The right in question trumped a Connecticut statute prohibiting contraceptive use even by married couples. But historians emphasizing its emergence from tort privacy and crimin