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Pleasures of the Perverse: Male-Male Sexuality in Early Twentieth-Century Popular Discourse

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/9780520209091.003.0006
Pleasures of the Perverse: Male-Male Sexuality in Early Twentieth-Century Popular Discourse

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The sexological idiom made it possible to describe “same-sex love” to the corners of the external world, in keeping with the principle that the domain of the natural law, and consequently of scientific investigation, knew no legitimate bounds. The margins to which “civilized” discourse had confined the representation of male-male sexual behavior could no longer contain its signifying potential. “Same-sex love” was one in a long list of such “perversions,” counting among its neighbors erotic phenomena ranging from fetishism and sadomasochism, which were constructs of equally recent coinage, to more mysterious abnormalities such as pygmalionism and “metatophism.”

Keywords: same-sex love; law; perversion; metatophism; pygmalionism

Chapter.  21610 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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