Mental Hygiene and the Regime of Sexuality: The Case of <i>The Man Who Escapes Marriage</i>

Hans Tao-ming Huang

in Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083077
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209817 | DOI:
Mental Hygiene and the Regime of Sexuality: The Case of The Man Who Escapes Marriage

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This chapter accounts for the scientific construction of male homosexuality from the 1950s through the 1970s in Taiwan. In delineating a normative culture of sex established by the nascent ‘psy’ industry, it demonstrates how The Man Who Escapes Marriage (1976), Taiwan's first ‘homosexual’ popular novel, emerged as a product of the mental hygiene movement. Enabled by the American Psychiatric Association's 1973 decision to depathologise homosexuality as mental illness, The Man represents, this chapter argues, a limiting case whereby the legitimation of homosexual desire is made through the author's appeal to the virtue of moral rectitude.

Keywords: mental hygiene; perversion; male homosexuality; sexual morality

Chapter.  9330 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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