The Shapes of Fancy stages an impassioned defense of the inherently desirous nature of reading.
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Early modern wonder books included stories of people who changed sex as a surprising natural phenomenon.
Sensationalised sexual depravity of the Ottomans was a popular trope in early modern European discourses on the Turks.
Early modern travellers found Sweden’s saunas both exotic and erotic, but local attitudes were more complicated.
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?
The ‘French disease’ erupted in Europe in 1495.