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Pamela S. Nadell and Kate Haulman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758908

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758908.001.0001

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Sexual Crises, Women’s History, and the History of Sexuality in Europe

Sexual Crises, Women’s History, and the History of Sexuality in Europe

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Making Women's Histories

Anna Clark

NYU Press

This chapter examines the historiography of sexualities, a field which emerged alongside of and intersected with the new scholarship on women and gender. It considers sexual crises in Europe during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when scandals over homosexuality and white slavery erupted, and how such scandals relate to body politic. It explores how interpretation of such crises was shaped by different political moments in women's history and the history of sexuality. In the 1960s, radicals mocked 1950s sexual repression, feminists critiqued conventional marriage, and gay liberationists refused to accept the stigmatization of homosexuality. These movements gave rise to women's history, the history of sexuality, gay and lesbian history, and queer history. The chapter explores how understandings of power in these fields changed with political and intellectual contexts.

Keywords:   women, gender, sexual crises, Europe, homosexuality, white slavery, body politic, women's history, sexuality, queer history

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