How To Get The Semen To The Neck Of The Womb

Geertje Mak

in Doubting Sex

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780719086908
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702628 | DOI:
How To Get The Semen To The Neck Of The Womb

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This chapter investigates the ways in which sex was examined in early case histories. Anna Barbara Meier decided to disclose himself to his physician because he wanted to marry the woman he had made pregnant ‘out of genuine affection’. Meier's disclosure consisted merely of his own words describing his sex. As Meier wanted to reassign her sex and get married, she had to overcome her deep shame at exposing her genitals because this was ordered by the court. It further explores how sex and sexual function were assessed during Meier's subsequent examinations. The hermaphrodite's sexual feelings were examined in a very concrete, physical way. During the first half of the century, visual inspection combined with superficial palpation, simple penetration and interrogation of the hermaphrodite were the main examination techniques. Central to a physician's enquiry was the question of how (in which role) a person could function in procreation.

Keywords: sex; Anna Barbara Meier; sexual function; hermaphrodite; visual inspection; superficial palpation; physician

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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