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Decker Library Erotic Collection

Research guide for the Decker Library Erotic Collection

About This Guide

Materials in Erotic Collection
Materials in Erotic Collection, picture by Kelly Swickard

About This Guide:

This guide is about the Decker Library Erotic Collection.  A donor who wishes to remain anonymous gave the initial group of material to the Decker Library. The library has expanded the collection with additional materials as they are determined to fit the scope.

If we look at the major part of the 20th century, we see that gay men, lesbians, and other queer folk were denied the opportunity to express the otherness. The medical community declared them diseased. Families, employers, and society shunned them. Their government turned against them. Collectively, society kicked them to the curb. Although progress has been made in recent times, this is still the world that we live in and raise future generations. However, human nature being what it is, the resiliency of the human spirit transcends marginalization. And it is often through creativity that the spirit soars the highest. Regardless of formal training – or the lack thereof – gays have expressed themselves through the representation of the body. 

O'Hanian, Hunter. "Foreword." In Cock Paper Scissors, 9. Los Angeles, CA: One Archives at the USC Libraries, 2016.

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MICA strives to be an inclusive community that is open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, size, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. 

Through MICA’s core values of diversity, community and respect, we value and appreciate the differences that our community represents. Our inclusive language policies reflect the diversity of our community, and establish guidelines for representing the many voices at MICA. 

MICA's Statement about Gender and Pronouns


Gender is an individual’s internal sense of feeling like a woman, man, both or neither. Sex comprises biological and physiological characteristics, including reproductive organs and hormones. Sex is assigned at birth and is not synonymous with gender.

Use gay or lesbian when describing people who are attracted to members of the same sex. 
People who identify as transgender have a gender identity or expression that differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. 

People who identify as gender nonconforming have a gender identity or expression that does not conform to the traditional gender binary. 



MICA respects a person’s chosen personal pronoun. Some transgender and gender-expansive people identify as he, she or ze, but some may identify as both male and female or neither.

Pronoun examples:
they, them, their, theirs, themself
Ze, hir, hir, hirs, hirself
she, her, her, hers, herself
he, him, his, his, himself

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