Hanne Blank

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Hanne Blank
Hanne Blank, by Hanne Blank
Hanne Blank, by Hanne Blank
Born (1969-02-25) February 25, 1969 (age 51)
Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupationhistorian, writer, editor, public speaker, activist
NationalityUnited States of America
Genrespeculative fiction (short stories), non-fiction & fiction (books)
Subjecthistory of science, history of medicine, virginity, sexuality

Hanne Blank (born February 25, 1969) is an American historian, writer, editor and public speaker. She has also edited and written erotica but is retired from that genre.[1] Blank believes in civil rights in general and fat rights in particular. She says: "For me, as a progressive feminist, opposing the whole range of physical-body-based prejudices and stigmas is all of a piece. Fatness and fat rights happen to be two of my personal issues, so it's a topic I can speak to from the inside. But fat politics are not separate from my overall politics of inclusion and human value."[2]


Hanne Blank was born in Northampton, Massachusetts and grew up in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, becoming a classically trained musician and then a formally educated historian.[3] As an independent scholar, her most recent post was as the 2004-2005 Scholar of the Institute For Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Maryland.[4]

Ms. Blank is a former co-editor of Scarletletters.com[5] (online "publisher of sex-positive, original, visionary creative and artistic work of all kinds") and Scarleteen.com[6] with Heather Corinna.[7] She is a former associate editor of Sojourner: The Women's Forum, and has also written sex columns for The Boston Phoenix and Good Vibes Magazine.[7]

As an instructor (prior to becoming a full-time writer/editor), she taught at the university level at Brandeis University, Tufts University and Whitworth College.[7] As a musician, she was a Fellow of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and was the 1991 recipient of the George Whitefield Chadwick medal for work as a proponent of contemporary art music.[7]

Her most recent book, the first revision of her 2000 title Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them), was published by Celestial Arts in September, 2011.

Blank has recently accepted a teaching position at Denison University in Granville, OH.



  • Zaftig: Well-Rounded Erotica. Cleis Press, 2001. ISBN 1-57344-122-8 ISBN 978-1-57344-122-3
  • Shameless: Women's Intimate Erotica. Seal Press, 2002. ISBN 1-58005-060-3 ISBN 978-1-58005-060-9
  • Best Transgender Erotica. (Co-edited with Raven Kaldera) Circlet Press, 2002. ISBN 1-885865-40-6 ISBN 978-1-885865-40-3
  • Unruly Appetites. Seal Press, 2003. ISBN 978-1-58005-081-4

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Interviews of others[edit]





  • 2004-2005 Scholar of the Institute For Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Maryland.

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  1. ^ See her blog entry about her retirement Archived 2006-12-02 at the Wayback Machine for more information.
  2. ^ "Three Quick Questions: Hanne Blank". Big Fat Blog. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  3. ^ See her biography page from her official web site Archived 2007-02-07 at the Wayback Machine and The Naughty Professor article from the City Paper, February 12, 2003.
  4. ^ See Library of Congress Contributor biographical information for Virgin: The Untouched History.
  5. ^ See her artist in residence page and current right side-bar text.
  6. ^ Question 11 of Interview with Hanne Blank, Advocates for Youth, June 26, 2001 refers to this work.
  7. ^ a b c d See her biography page from her official web site Archived 2007-02-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ See web page for back issues, Other Magazine.


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