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sexologists--lecture

sexologists--lecture - 1 NOTES FOR LECTURE ON SEXOLOGISTS...

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NOTES FOR LECTURE ON SEXOLOGISTS AND HOMOSEXUALITY 1. Classification as issue for late nineteenth century scientists. Sexologists—at same time that Victorian attitudes are strong in many sectors of the culture. POPULAR BELIEFS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY 1. Sodomy laws are still there: New York State Statute (1906): a person who carnally knows in any manner any animal or bird; or carnally knows any male or female person by the anus or by or with the mouth; or voluntarily submits to such carnal knowledge; or attempts sexual intercourse with a dead body is guilty of sodomy and is punishable with imprisonment for not more than twenty years. What does sodomy come from? Sin of Sodom 2. Homosexuals are degraded, vice-ridden individuals, who gambled and drank and were complete jaded with sex; thus they would turn to its most extreme variety. Or they are extreme masturbators, practicing the “solitary vice” that will lead them to loving themselves in others. 3. Caused by having too much heterosexual sex, as in going to prostitutes, participating in orgies, etc. One would become so jaded that one’s own sex would be the only direction to follow. 4. Caused by masturbation, as in two much involvement with the male sexual organ. (Many people believe female masturbation impossible, because no phallus involved). 5. Perversion. Normal sex drive is perverted to the same gender. Can be caused by #1 or #2. On its own or combined with those is the Krafft-Ebing idea of homosexuality as caused by congenital abnormality, which is genetic. Belief is that it is like having “madness” run in families. A reversal in the evolutionary chain. 6.
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