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Doctoring Love: Male-Male Sexuality in Medical Discourse from the Edo Period Through the Early Twentieth Century

Gregory M. Pflugfelder

in Cartographies of Desire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780520209091
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940871 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520209091.003.0005
Doctoring Love: Male-Male Sexuality in Medical Discourse from the Edo Period Through the Early Twentieth Century

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Chinese medical discourse assigned an important place to “matters of the bedchamber,” in situating the sexual. This aspect of Chinese learning was circulated to Japan at least early as the tenth century. By the Edo-period, “bedchamber” medicine was familiar not only to Sinophiles but to a broad segment of the general population, its terminology invoked even in popular genres — senryū. As considered in Sino-Japanese medicine, the “bedchamber” was exclusively the site of male-female sexuality. Sexual relations between males might theoretically be understood as violating the yin-yang order. Chinese medical discourse was by and large concerned with their physiological implications, much less those of female-female sexual behavior.

Keywords: medicine; Chinese medical discourse; bedchamber; sexual behavior; male-male sexuality

Chapter.  22221 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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