Les choses et les mots: Missing words and blurry things in the history of sexuality

Cryle, Peter (2009) Les choses et les mots: Missing words and blurry things in the history of sexuality. Sexualities, 12 4: 437-450. doi:10.1177/1363460709105709


Author Cryle, Peter
Title Les choses et les mots: Missing words and blurry things in the history of sexuality
Formatted title
Les choses et les mots: Missing words and blurry things in the history of sexuality
Journal name Sexualities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-4607
1461-7382
Publication date 2009-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1363460709105709
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 437
End page 450
Total pages 14
Editor Ken Plummer
Place of publication London, Engalnd, U.K.
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject C1
2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Formatted abstract
In Solitary Sex, Thomas Laqueur adopts a position that might be called constructivist but not discursivist. He does not speak, as historians with an allegiance to Foucault's work often do, of 'invention', but argues that masturbation was 'something that had been perfectly well understood since Antiquity, even if it was variously classified and named'. The thing was there already: the word, and any change in words, came later. This article asks some questions about what it might mean for the history of sexuality to talk about unnamed things, missing words, or absent expressions. The examples are taken from the history of frigidity, as an attempt to trace the problematic absence of a name, and the name of a problematic absence. (Copyright © 2009 SAGE Publications Ltd)
Keyword constructivism
Foucault
Frigidity
invention
Laqueur
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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