Early modern travellers found Sweden’s saunas both exotic and erotic, but local attitudes were more complicated.
Teaching the Early Modern “Penis-Vagina”
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.
Carnal Knowledge: Regulating Sex in England, 1470-1600
Sexual behaviour was strictly regulated in late medieval and Tudor England.
Rethinking Early Modern Women’s Masturbation
Why is women’s masturbation absent from most studies examining sexual practices of early modern people?
Pleasing and Teasing: Bourgeois Sexuality in the Age of Commerce
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.
Searching for Sodom: Homoeroticism and the Protestant Tradition in England 1550-1850
The story of Sodom provided a context for discussions of homoerotic behavior.
Same-Sex Marriage in Renaissance Rome
Same-sex couples in the early modern period claimed marriage in their own particular ways.