Pathologising white male sexuality in late nineteenth century Australia through the medical prism of excess and constraint

Featherstone, Lisa (2010) Pathologising white male sexuality in late nineteenth century Australia through the medical prism of excess and constraint. Australian Historical Studies, 41 3: 337-351. doi:10.1080/1031461X.2010.493949


Author Featherstone, Lisa
Title Pathologising white male sexuality in late nineteenth century Australia through the medical prism of excess and constraint
Journal name Australian Historical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Publication date 2010-09-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2010.493949
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 41
Issue 3
Start page 337
End page 351
Total pages 15
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper will explore the constructions of white male sexuality in late nineteenth-century Australia by the medical profession. In a period where female sexuality was always suspect, male sexuality, too, was brought into question, and the male body was increasingly constructed as vulnerable to sexual excess and sexual pathology. If male sexuality was to be active and dynamic, this could readily go too far, rendering men merely a slip away from deviance. Here, I will consider these notions of excess and constraint through an examination of sexual norms and perceived perversions, including sexual excess, sodomy and masturbation.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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