Contraception: A Concise History traces the history of contraceptive methods from the opening of the first public women’s contraceptive clinic in 1882 to the present.
Christine Varnado The Shapes of Fancy offers a powerful new method of accounting for ineffable and diffuse forms of desire, mining early modern drama and prose literature to describe new patterns of affective resonance. It stages an impassioned defense of the inherently desirous nature of reading, making a case for readerly […]
How have commentators talked about sex with animals and what meanings have been attached to ‘bestiality’ or ‘zoophilia’?
Despite the prominence of what is now called trans in contemporary culture, there is a shortage of comprehensive trans histories.
Dyan Elliott In the fourth century, clerics began to distinguish themselves from members of the laity by virtue of their augmented claims to holiness. Because clerical celibacy was key to this distinction, religious authorities of all stripes—patristic authors, popes, theologians, canonists, monastic founders, and commentators—became progressively sensitive to sexual scandals […]
Rethinking Rufus argues that enslaved black men were sexually violated by both white men and white women.
Kit Heyam During his lifetime and the four centuries following his death, King Edward II (1307-1327) acquired a reputation for having engaged in sexual and romantic relationships with his male favourites, and having been murdered by penetration with a red-hot spit. The Reputation of Edward II, 1305-1697: A Literary Transformation of […]