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The "Hottentot Apron": Genital Aberration in the History of Sexual Science

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Publication Details

Author list: Hodes R

Editor list: Fuechtner V, Haynes DE, Jones RM

Edition name or number: 1st

Publisher: Unversity of California Press

Place: Oakland,Calofornia

Publication year: 2018

Start page: 118

End page: 138

Total number of pages: 21

ISBN: 9780520293397

eISBN: 9780520966673


Starting in the late nineteenth century, scholars and activists all over the world suddenly began to insist that understandings of sex be based on science. As Japanese and Indian sexologists influenced their German, British, and American counterparts and vice versa, sexuality, modernity, and imaginings of exotified “Others” became intimately linked. The first anthology to provide a worldwide perspective on the birth and development of the field, A Global History of Sexual Science contends that actors outside of Europe—in Asia, Latin America, and Africa—became important interlocutors in debates on prostitution, birth control, and transvestism. Ideas circulated through intellectual exchange, travel, and internationally produced and disseminated publications. Twenty scholars tackle specific issues, including the female orgasm and the criminalization of male homosexuality, to demonstrate how concepts and ideas introduced by sexual scientists gained currency throughout the modern world.


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