A Global History of Sexuality: The Modern Era by Robert M. Buffington, Eithne Luibhéid, Donna J. Guy

By Robert M. Buffington, Eithne Luibhéid, Donna J. Guy

A international background of Sexuality presents a provocative, wide-ranging advent to the background of sexuality from the past due eighteenth century to the current day.


  • Explores what sexuality has intended within the daily lives of people during the last 2 hundred years
  • Organized round 4 significant issues: the formation of sexual id, the legislation of sexuality by means of societal norms, the legislation of sexuality by way of associations, and the intersection of sexuality with globalization
  • Examines the subject from a comparative, international standpoint, with well-chosen case reviews to light up the wider themes
  • Includes interdisciplinary contributions from sought after historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and sexuality reports scholars
  • Introduces very important theoretical recommendations in a transparent, available way

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Only in South Africa, however, have public institutions responded in such a deliberately “progressive” way by granting full citizenship to all individuals irrespective of their gender and sexual identities. This sudden embrace of progressive multiculturalism—usually associated with northern European social democracies—challenges long-standing assumptions about African societies that have changed little despite (and perhaps because of) the political decolonization movements that sprang up across the continent after World War II and lasted into the 1990s.

D’Emilio and Freedman 1988, p. 86) Sexuality and the Nation-State 33 As D’Emilio and Freedman suggest, this potent mix of white racial and moral supremacy could take many forms. On the western frontier it appeared in Christian missionary efforts to teach Native Americans sexual restraint, including the proper “missionary” position for intercourse between married men and women, and to convince Chinese migrant workers to abandon polygamous marriage in favor of monogamy (D’Emilio and Freedman 1988, p.

As early as 1900, members of the emerging abolition movement in Japan denounced both rural fathers for selling their daughters to brothels and the state for tolerating, if not supporting, the practice. They demanded better health services for prostitutes and ways for them to leave the “water trade” (the traditional euphemism for Japan’s nighttime entertainment business). ” By 1940, most critics of prostitution came to agree that it was better, perhaps necessary, to sacrifice a few women in order to keep the social order from collapsing, to protect “innocent” women from male sexual violence, and to keep up soldiers’ morale in the homeland and on the front.

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