A Global History of Sexuality: The Modern Era

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

Explores what sexuality has intended within the daily lives of people during the last two hundred years:

Organized round 4 significant issues: the formation of sexual id, the legislation of sexuality through societal norms, the rules of sexuality by way of associations, and the intersection of sexuality with globalization

Examines the subject from a comparative, worldwide standpoint, with well-chosen case reports to light up the wider themes

Includes interdisciplinary contributions from sought after historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and sexuality experiences scholars

Introduces vital theoretical suggestions in a transparent, available way

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4) Put in the Foucauldian terms introduced at the beginning of this chapter, public debates about sexuality still produce powerful effects in American society. This has become even more apparent as civil rights legislation has ensured the legal (if not always actual) rights of racial and ethnic minorities. Although less directly racialized than before, the questions of citizenship and belonging raised by those with nonnormative sexualities have become even more central in recent years: Who can serve in the military?

By 1940, most critics of prostitution came to agree that it was better, perhaps necessary, to sacrifice a few women in order to keep the social order from collapsing, to protect “innocent” women from male sexual violence, and to keep up soldiers’ morale in the homeland and on the front. This Japanese debate and similar attitudes elsewhere encouraged the development of a variety of sexual slavery systems, ranging from so-called “comfort stations” for Imperial Japanese Army troops to Wehrmacht brothels all over Europe and rape camps within the concentration camps of the Nazi regime (Yoshimi 2000; Soh 2008; Harris 2010; Hedgepeth and Saidel 2010).

106). By the turn of the twentieth century, fear of social degeneration through miscegenation had spread throughout much of the country. Inspired by social Darwinism and a desire to better the human race through eugenics (selective breeding), physical anthropologists, medical experts, and policy makers alike worried that race mixture would undo the centuries of racial “progress” that had culminated in white European and North American civilization. To counter its negative effects, they developed elaborate racial taxonomies with classifications such as mulatto, Malay, Mongolian, and Negro, which they used to determine suitable marriage partners.

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