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(2002). A Conversation with Margaret Black June 20, 2001. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 3(1):121-130.

(2002). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 3(1):121-130

A Conversation with Margaret Black June 20, 2001

SGS: What was your initial reaction on reading these papers?

MB: Looking them over and thinking about when Stephen wrote them, it just amazed me, once again, that he was so brilliant. It was a little hard for me to read them, but it was also kind of nice to speak with him again.

SGS: What motivated Stephen to write these papers? What provoked his interest and moral anger about this particular issue?

MB: I think that people often take Stephen's writing in this area as a political statement, and that is certainly true, but Stephen was much more an intellectual than a political person. I think he might have been happy to move into the Yale library—as long as he had his bagels and his New York Times delivered, he probably could have lived there quite happily for a long period of time [laughs]. But he also had the rare gift of being an intellectual who was truly interested in the way that people's thinking affected their experience and, in a larger sense, the quality of their lives. He was interested in ideas, but not only in an abstract way.

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