Alluding to the late nineteenth-century coinage of “Uranian” to describe homosexuality as an “intermediate sex,” Urania advocated the idea that sex is neither essential nor a determiner of destiny. By 1919, its first number extent, Urania consistently expressed this argument through a pithy quote placed below its masthead: “Sex is an Accident.” Urania conveyed this radical message through assiduously collecting the hidden history of lesbians, transsexuals, and intersexuality and advancing a transnational, cross-cultural critique of gender norms, gendered performances, and compulsory heterosexuality. Over its twenty-four year existence, a remarkable longevity for a radical periodical, Urania maintained a regular layout: an opening quote below the masthead, an editorial, letters from readers, reviews, progress reports on women’s status across the globe, and, often, a section labeled “Star Dust,” which tracked transnational news coverage of women’s progress and achievements in seven areas of interest, from military and business accomplishments to athletics, academics, dress, art, and music.
Eva Gore-Booth, Esther Roper, Dorothy H. Cornish, Jessey Wade, and Thomas Baty. Baty seems to have been the most consistent contributor and editor.
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