Lecture on Free Love by Victoria Woodhull, reported on by the New York Tribune on November 21, 1871, and presented here as republished by the Donaldsonville Chief. Image retrieved from Library of Congress. Quotations from the lecture on free love are below.
“Of what does marriage consist? It is admitted to be a union of the opposites of sex, but is it a principle of nature outside of all law, or is it law outside of all nature? Where is the point before reaching which it is not marriage, and after reaching which it is marriage?”
“I have an inalienable, constitutional, and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or as short a period as I can, to change that love every day if I please, and with that right neither you nor any law you can frame have any right to interfere; and I have further right to demand a free and unrestricted exercise of that right, and it is your duty not only to accord it, but, as a community, to see that I am protected in it.”
“Some may think that it is better to keep the semblance of a husband or wife, even if it be not a lover. Such is not my philosophy.”
“I have learned that the first great error most married people commit is in endeavoring to hide from each other the little irregularities into which all are liable to fall, since nothing is so conducive to continual happiness as mutual confidence.”
“If our sisters who inhabit Greene street and other filthy localities chooses to remain in debauch, and our brothers choose to visit them there, they are only exercising the same right that we exercise in remaining away, and we have no more right to abuse and condemn them than they have to abuse and condemn us for exercising our rights our way.”