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Pass as a Woman, Act like a Man: Marie-Antoinette as Tribade in the Pornography of the French Revolution

Elizabeth Colwill

in Homosexuality in Modern France

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780195093032
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093032.003.0004

Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality

Pass as a Woman, Act like a Man: Marie-Antoinette as Tribade in the Pornography of the French Revolution

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This chapter examines the representation of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, as tribade in pornography during the French Revolution. Pornographic pamphlets depicted the queen with an unusual range of sexual partners and in an imaginative array of sexual postures. This chapter analyses the political significance of the queen's alleged taste for women and the shifting meanings of the tribade during the 18th century in the context of the history of lesbianism.

Keywords: Marie-Antoinette; tribade; French Revolution; lesbianism; sexual postures; lesbian queen

Chapter.  11938 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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