What does the case of Catherine/Giovanni Vizzani reveal about gender identity and sexual desire in the Eighteenth Century?
Joseph Fischel reflects on histories of sexual ethics, pederasty, and power in this first post in our online symposium on Rachel Hope Cleves’s Unspeakable: A Life Beyond Sexual Morality.
As historians know, the archive is ruthless in preserving categories over time.
In 1970s United States gay patrol units rallied around their whiteness to produce a sense of safety.
The Chatterley trial hinged on the disavowing or defending of ‘deviant’ sexual acts within the novel, making it a distinctly queer case.
Sex workers living under these regimes have to keep selling sex in a climate made significantly more hostile by further criminalization.
On Thursday afternoon, August 12, 1982, Amber Hollibaugh called Dorothy Allison to finalize cat-sitting arrangements for Alice B. Toklas, the cat.