The similarities, more than the differences, ¬†were what struck me about the black and white women welfare reformers. The similarities in morality–or, indeed, in moralizing–of those women was perhaps the most striking to me. Despite what Gordon calls differences in orientation, and even despite differences in beliefs regarding married women’s working and other moral-political issues, the emphasis on female purity remained the same. That makes the differing approaches to rape and rape culture so shocking–I honestly had a hard time believing the approach of white women to rape; while that of African-American community was an entirely logical approach, that of white women seems absurd–although in keeping with the times, I suppose.