This is a history of 20th century medical explanations for sexual crime, from indecent exposure to sadistic violence, and medico-legal attempts at rehabilitation and cure.
Howard Chiang From anti-castration discourses in the late Qing era to sex-reassignment surgeries in Taiwan in the 1950s and queer movements in the 1980s and 1990s, After Eunuchs explores the ways in which the introduction of Western biomedical sciences transformed normative meanings of gender, sexuality, and the body in China. NOTCHES: (re)marks […]
The World and Other Unpublished Works of Radclyffe Hall presents new archival materials that broaden and complicate our understanding of Radclyffe Hall’s place in literary history and the history of sexuality.
Havelock Ellis explained that it had been Italian sexological works that had first prompted his interest in sexology.
Heike Bauer A new collection of essays I edited, Sexology and Translation: Cultural and Scientific Encounters Across the Modern World (Temple UP, 2015) shows that the emergence of modern sexuality was a global phenomenon. The book examines the contemporaneous emergence of sexual science in Europe, Asia, Peru, and the Middle […]
Rebecca Saunders At the Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition ‘The Institute of Sexology’, visitors must surreptitiously part a curtain to peer at a rosy clay vagina set inside a bifurcated case. Made in the early twentieth century as a teaching aid for health professionals, the Gynaeplaque sits behind a glass pane covered in fingerprints […]
Heike Bauer The Institute of Sexology at the Wellcome Trust is the first major exhibition in the UK dedicated to the history of sexology. Billed as a ‘candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts’, it seeks to capture the imagination of prospective audiences with the deliberately provocative invitation […]