Presenting Vesalius’ “penis-vagina” (as many students took to calling it) on the first day of class immediately primed students to dissect early modern social constructions of gender and sexuality.
Why is women’s masturbation absent from most studies examining sexual practices of early modern people?
Angelica Church lived at the intersection of two revolutions, in a world of dangerous financial speculation, intense political intrigue, and the play of passions between men and women.
The story of Sodom provided a context for discussions of homoerotic behavior.
In their confessions at the East Anglian witch trials, accused women combined their understanding of the devil with sexual fantasies.
The ‘French disease’ erupted in Europe in 1495.
Olivia Weisser Furtive trysts. Regretful dalliances. Fleeting affairs. Sexual secrets were nothing new in the 1700s, but confessing them to a doctor became surprisingly common in published medical cases of venereal disease. In one instance, a woman consulted a surgeon for a common reproductive ailment known as “the whites.” She […]