English Sexualities, 1700-1800

English Sexualities The eighteenth century witnessed the birth of the first recognisably modern sexual identities This book charts the development of those identities through the examination of pornography sexual practi

  • Title: English Sexualities, 1700-1800
  • Author: Tim Hitchcock
  • ISBN: 9780312165741
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • The eighteenth century witnessed the birth of the first recognisably modern sexual identities This book charts the development of those identities through the examination of pornography, sexual practice, medical belief, social policy, and the cultures of homosexuality, lesbianism, and heterosexually It concludes that the century saw a sexual revolution in which sexualThe eighteenth century witnessed the birth of the first recognisably modern sexual identities This book charts the development of those identities through the examination of pornography, sexual practice, medical belief, social policy, and the cultures of homosexuality, lesbianism, and heterosexually It concludes that the century saw a sexual revolution in which sexual practice itself changed From a culture in which mutual masturbation and mutable sexual categories were the norm, eighteenth century England became a society increasingly concerned to foster penetrative and procreative sexual behaviour In the process, newly harsh divisions between men and women were created and reinforced, and new models of both femininity and masculinity were created This book charts a series of complex interrelationships between changes in language and practice, and suggests that men were increasingly encouraged to invest their masculinity in an exclusive desire for the opposite sex, while women were pushed towards a sexual identity in which motherhood came to dominate, and in which female lust was denigrated or denied At the same time, new homosexual and lesbian identities were likewise created and denigrated.

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    1. Clear, succinct, sound analysis of sexual behavior and attitudes over the entire course of the 18th century. The general trend over the period is toward a sharper divergence between genders as a result of newly discovered knowledge about the human body, with women going from irrationally lustful maniacs to sexual victims incapable of experiencing desire, while men go from patronizing higher beings who must keep horny women on a leash to irresponsible pawns of their own uncontrollable horniness-- [...]

    2. This book was absolutely fascinating though I may be a bad judge since it's my first introduction into the history of sexuality and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. For me the big seller of this book is the case studies complete with (typed up) primary source documents to look at such as diaries, letters etc. They gave such a human feel to all of the analysis that it was hard to out down.Also, the final chapter and conclusion are highly relevant to the aims and issues raised by modern day GB feminist [...]

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