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Pointy Penises, Fashion Crimes, and Hysterical Mollies: The Pederastsʼ Inversions

Vernon A. Rosario

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/9780195093032.003.0008

Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality

Pointy Penises, Fashion Crimes, and Hysterical Mollies: The Pederastsʼ Inversions

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This chapter examines cases contrary sexual sensation or “inversion of the genital sense” reported in France during the 18th century. Male subjects with this condition presented desire for seeing naked male and male statues or even by obsessive memories of these images. Though researchers George Chauncey and David Halperin have been more circumspect in distinguishing the multifaceted diagnosis of sexual inversion from diagnosis of homosexuality, inverts today are generally regarded as the immediate ancestors of the modern-day homosexual.

Keywords: contrary sexual sensation; sexual inversion; George Chauncey; David Halperin; homosexuality

Chapter.  13669 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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