How elites used politicized homophobia to consolidate their moral and political authority.
Empire and Colonialism
Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Social Thought
How ideas of deviant female sexuality became foundational to modern social thought in colonial India.
Reporting Abortions in Post-Conquest New Spain
A sixteenth-century scribe recorded the sexual and reproductive behaviour of indigenous women in colonial Mexico.
Contraceptive Diplomacy: Reproductive Politics & Imperial Ambitions in the United States & Japan
Contraceptive Diplomacy narrates a transnational history of birth control in the context of imperial struggles between the United States and Japan.
Tongzhi: “Queer” Identity Politics in Hong Kong Before and After the Handover
Chinese ‘tongzhi’ renounce Western LGBT politic and reclaim an indigenous “queer” identity.
The Colonial Conundrum of Transsexuality in South Africa
In the mid-1970s, South African parliamentarians legalized sex reassignment surgery based on understandings of transsexualism from Jan Morris’s Conundrum.
Sexuality, Secrecy, and Local Government in Early Twentieth-Century Edendale, South Africa
Class shame hinging upon perceived sexual immorality is an often overlooked element of anti-colonial/apartheid politics in South Africa.