Love and Death in Gay Paris: Homosexuality and Criminality in the 1870s

William A. Peniston

in Homosexuality in Modern France

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780195093032
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854493 | DOI:

Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality

Love and Death in Gay Paris: Homosexuality and Criminality in the 1870s

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This chapter examines the relationship between homosexuality and criminality in France during the 1870s. Though homosexual acts were not illegal in France during this period, homosexuality was closely associated with criminality because the former violated the sexual order, and the latter violated the social order. And from the point of view of the police and the authorities, homosexual acts, especially those committed in public, not only caused a scandal, but also led to all kinds of petty crimes such as thievery and blackmail, and violent crimes such as assault and murder.

Keywords: homosexuality; criminality; France; sexual order; social order; homosexual acts; crimes

Chapter.  8763 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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