By Kate Fisher, Sarah Toulalan
An exam of the way our bodies and sexualities were developed, classified, represented, clinically determined, skilled and subverted from the 15th to the early twenty-first century. It attracts awareness to continuities in brooding about our bodies and intercourse: thought can have replaced, yet howdy however draw on older rules and language.
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Extra resources for Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present
See Antony E. S. Rousseau and Roy Porter (eds), Sexual Underworlds of the Enlightenment (Manchester: Manchester University Press), pp. 181–205 and J. Gammon (1999) ‘“A denial of innocence”: Female Juvenile Rape Victims and the Law in Eighteenth-Century England’ in Anthony Fletcher and Stephen Hussey (eds) Childhood in Question: Children, Parents and the State (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press), pp. 74–95. The historiographical argument for a shift over time from an early modern understanding of sexual behaviour as acts which anybody might commit to those stemming from a particular sexual ‘identity’, especially with regard to sexual object choice, has been well documented.
Indd 25 9/23/2011 4:13:07 PM 1 ‘That ere with Age, his strength Is utterly decay’d’: Understanding the Male Body in Early Modern Manhood Jennifer Jordan The human body was a matter of debate during the early modern period. Ideas about how the body functioned, and about how it was comprised and differed according to each sex, were not agreed upon. In part, the blurred boundaries between science and religion caused problems for explaining human anatomy. 4 The main point of disagreement stems from the acceptance or rejection of the idea that sex was a matter of degree and not difference.
25. 26. 27. 28. 29. Body Parts, pp. 161–76. On female to male transsexual desire for functioning male genitalia see in the same volume Vernon Rosario, ‘Phallic Performance: Phalloplasty and the Techniques of Sex’, pp. 177–90. See Cleminson and Vázquez García, Chapter 3 below, p. 79. Laqueur barely touches upon the subject, generally confining discussion to the fungibility of fluids in the humoral model and to the possibility of lactating men; Laqueur, Making Sex, pp. 36, 104–6. A notable exception is Kathryn Schwarz (1997) ‘Missing the Breast: Desire, Disease, and the Singular Effect of Amazons’ in Hillman and Mazzio (eds) The Body in Parts, pp.