Oberlin Review, September 10, 1968
’The purpose of contraceptives is family planning, that is to say, for use in marriage. This obviously would not be the purpose of use of contraceptives on a college campus,’ Dr. Durphee said in his opening statement. ‘As a doctor, I could not prescribe contraceptives for indiscriminate use, for avoiding the penalty of pregnancy outside marriage.’
“Contraception Problems, Policy Discussed at Humanists Forum,” Oberlin Review, October 31, 1967
Dr. Max Durphee is the former director of Student Health Services at Oberlin College.
‘A creative and permissive attitude toward sex will pay immense dividends to society,’ commented Mr. Koch in relating liberal sex behavior to mental health and creativity.
“Former Illinois Teacher Examines ‘Sexual Mores’,” Oberlin Review, March 21, 1961
Oberlin Review, February 15, 1971
Oberlin Review, September 11, 1970
Oberlin Review April Fools Issue, April 18, 1967
Oberlin Review, March 21, 1967
Oberlin Review, November 4, 1966
Paul Krassner, editor of the Realist, delivered an address entitled, ‘Masturbation and the New Left’…When asked whether he had been in the service, he replied, ‘I was 4-F. I masturbate too much…or rather, at the wrong times, like when I was being interviewed by my draft board.’
“Realist Editor Satirizes Society; Forum Explores Drugs, Abortion,” Oberlin Review, May 13, 1966
“I wish to publicly inform the student body that 1,268 birth control kits have been available since Thanksgiving and are just lying around my office collecting dust. I don’t understand why you girls don’t come to me for things like this. All I ever get are mono cases.
These kits have a peculiar history behind them. Donated to the College by the Planned Parenthood Association as part of the Ford Challenge Grant two year sago, they were quickly and secretly buried in the basement of Noah by the Administration. This was the year of the Saturday Night Calling Hour. When discussing the pregnancy problem at the faculty meeting in May, 1964, I recommended that the kits be released for general campus consumption. Of course, both the General Faculty and the Administration vetoed such a rational suggestion…
…No examination or appointment is necessary though both are advised. Just appear at the window and ask for ‘a white carton.’”
—Letter to the Editor from Dr. Axe Burphey of College Health Services, Oberlin Review, April 22, 1966
One woman related an experience in which, when she asked one of the doctors for information on carcinogenic effects of certain birth control methods, was told, ‘It’s not the Pill or IUD that causes cancer, it’s multiple partners at an early (teen) age’…It is not the intention here to claim that these experiences represent the norm of Clinic gynecological treatment or even to support their validity. The point is that a number of women say they are disturbed at what they believe are moralistic judgements being made by Clinic personnel regarding patients’ personal lives.
“Probing Gynecology,” Oberlin Review, October 22, 1974
Since my first involvement with the Women’s Liberation Movement, the question of female sexuality and the need for a change in laws controlling women and their bodies have been my greatest concern. I believe that to have control over her own sexual and reproductive behavior is a basic right for women: without access to safe abortion that right is not hers.
“The Right to Abortion: A Personal, Moral Decision,” Oberlin Review, February 2, 1973
Dormitory visitation was not instituted until 1965 and not very successfully then. (It was revoked the same year due to a suspicion that students were abusing the privilege, a suspicion which was supported by Dr. Warner’s report that he had been doing more pregnancy tests since the program had been in effect.)
“Kissing in the Coal Bin: A Quick Look at Social History,” Oberlin Review, April 9, 1971
OAWS is sponsoring a film and discussion on venereal disease. Dr. Warner will answer questions. For women students only. Dascomb Hall Thur. April 14 10:30 pm. South Hall Mon. 18 April 10:30 pm.
Poster, Oberlin Association of Women Students, Oberlin College, undated (early 1960s)