The Word (free love)
The Word was an individualist anarchist free love magazine founded in 1872. The magazine was edited by Ezra Heywood and Angela Heywood's from 1872-1890, 1892-1893, issued first from Princeton and then from Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Word was subtitled "A Monthly Journal of Reform," and it included contributions from Josiah Warren, Benjamin Tucker, and Joshua K. Ingalls. Initially, The Word presented free love as a minor theme which was expressed within a labor reform format. But the publication later evolved into an explicitly free love periodical. At some point Tucker became an important contributor but later became dissatisfied with the journal's focus on free love since he desired a concentration on economics.
- "Ezra Heywood Biography". Anarchy Archives. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
- The Free Love Movement and Radical Individualism By Wendy McElroy
- In contrast, Tucker's relationship with Heywood grew more distant. Yet, when Heywood was imprisoned for his pro-birth control stand from August to December 1878 under the Comstock laws, Tucker abandoned the Radical Review in order to assume editorship of Heywood's The Word. After Heywood's release from prison, The Word openly became a free love journal; it flouted the law by printing birth control material and openly discussing sexual matters. Tucker's disapproval of this policy stemmed from his conviction that "Liberty, to be effective, must find its first application in the realm of economics...".The Free Love Movement and Radical Individualism By Wendy McElroy
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