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: Free Love will be recognized as the defining book about America s early social experiments to end sexism. The heroes who risked everything to achieve equal rights for women need to be restored to the public consciousness now more than ever, because sexism is still very much with us. This narrative history of the adventures of Fanny Wright, Victoria Woodhull, Mary Gove Nichols, and their contemporary reformers rescues them from the neglect imposed on them by those who so dreaded the equality of women and their threat to change the status quo. Free Love describes the way myths were employed about the reformers, thus providing an anatomy of regression that continues in a contemporary culture that has responded to the assent of women with a reassertion of sexist values. Can anyone deny the current objectification of young women and the suggestion that men and women are simply programmed to behave in certain ways, and that therefore inequality is inevitable? By restoring yesterday s reformers to the public consciousness, the author s goal is to inspire new reformers who will help women opt out of this culture, who can create a path away from the one that leads inexorably to fake nails, fake tan, and, finally, fake breasts. Not long ago, feminists believed that they only had to install conditions for equality. The remnants of early nineteenth-century sexism in our culture would then wither away. Now, as we are bombarded with the sound bites and images of pop celebrity throwbacks, we must admit that the dystopia of sexism is alive and thriving in America.