By Robert M. Buffington, Eithne Luibhéid, Donna J. Guy

ISBN-10: 1405120487

ISBN-13: 9781405120487

A international historical past of Sexuality offers a provocative, wide-ranging creation to the heritage of sexuality from the overdue eighteenth century to the current day.


  • Explores what sexuality has intended within the daily lives of people over the past two hundred years
  • Organized round 4 significant issues: the formation of sexual identification, the law of sexuality via societal norms, the rules of sexuality by way of associations, and the intersection of sexuality with globalization
  • Examines the subject from a comparative, international standpoint, with well-chosen case experiences to light up the wider themes
  • Includes interdisciplinary contributions from well known historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and sexuality reports scholars
  • Introduces vital theoretical techniques in a transparent, obtainable way

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Some interracial and cross-class relations were consensual; many were not. With the end of slavery, sexual violence became a “weapon of terror,” used to intimidate blacks and keep them from assuming social and political equality with whites. White supremacists deployed this weapon against black women and men alike whether by raping black women with impunity or lynching black men accused of raping white women. In the years following the Civil War, fear of race mixture or “miscegenation” led southern states to pass new laws to prevent interracial marriage (D’Emilio and Freedman 1988, p.

While members of the American medical establishment had some knowledge of the latest advances in late nineteenthcentury European sexology, for the most part they did not research sexual topics until later in the twentieth century, unless it was to expose the potential health threats posed by extramarital sex. Likewise, public discourse on sexuality carefully emphasized the benefits of chastity and abstinence by portraying the horrors of venereal diseases rather than dwelling on “unpleasant” topics such as sexual deviance.

Nation building in Japan and elsewhere went hand in hand with claims about the importance of institutional rationality and scientific management, and the perceived need to push back against religious and superstitious beliefs (Muta 1996; Frühstück 2003; Silverberg 2009). The rise of statistical thinking in the late nineteenth century also helped to establish some sexual behaviors as normative while marginalizing others as pathological or criminal. This compulsion to normalize some sexual behaviors and marginalize others continued into the twentieth century, sometimes exceeding government control, as individual scholars and social reformers began to make significant contributions to the “discovery” of sex and sexuality, reiterate the need for scientific study, propose their versions of modern Japanese sexuality, and engage with researchers and reformers around the world, from Magnus Hirschfeld in Berlin to Margaret Sanger in New York.

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