By Robert M. Buffington, Eithne Luibhéid, Donna J. Guy
A international background of Sexuality presents a provocative, wide-ranging creation to the historical past of sexuality from the past due 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 topics: the formation of sexual identification, the law of sexuality through societal norms, the legislation of sexuality by way of associations, and the intersection of sexuality with globalization
- Examines the subject from a comparative, worldwide point of view, with well-chosen case reviews to light up the wider themes
- Includes interdisciplinary contributions from widespread historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and sexuality reviews scholars
- Introduces vital theoretical strategies in a transparent, available way
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However, the underlying dynamics of white men’s racial, sexual, and gender privilege took a similar form as “southern moralists condoned white men gratifying their lust, as long as they did so discreetly with poor white or black women” (D’Emilio and Freedman 1988, p. 95). 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.
As Munro explains: Apartheid had been deeply entangled with histories of sexuality and stigma. It was built on an alliance between Anglo-South Africans and Afrikaners forged in part through early twentieth-century “Black Peril” panics about 44 Sabine Frühstück the sexual threat that black men supposedly posed to white women, was driven by a phobic preoccupation with sexual “mixing,” and was enforced through sexual violence against black people as well as the aggressive policing of interracial sex, and a strict, indeed militarized regime of heteronormative whiteness.
The 1872 introduction of the mandatory military physical exam for all males, for instance, became the medico-legal framework for learning about and categorizing human populations into a series of types and identities, labeling some conscripts as suitable for military service and others as effeminate, syphilitic, and hysterical or neurasthenic. 4 From the 1890s onward, new legislation and control mechanisms regarding childbirth and registration made it much harder for midwives and pregnant women to perform an abortion or practice infanticide.