The History of Sexuality: An Introduction - Study Guide Part 1, We "Other Victorians" Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 33 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The History of Sexuality.
This section contains 513 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The History of Sexuality: An Introduction Study Guide

During the 17th century, sexuality was not considered illicit and sexual acts were pursued more or less flagrantly. There was no taboo regarding sex, and even children were commonly aware of sexual behaviors. Then sexuality was gradually shifted into the home, where it became a personal matter between exclusive partners. Sexuality was controlled and manipulated to become productive and reproductive of national power. Thus, the repression of sexuality led to the concentration of power, whilst power became simultaneously equated to pleasure. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, sexuality became taboo, became socially non-existent, and the discourse of sexuality fell silent, even as populations continued to increase rapidly.

In contemporaneous times, Freud and other sexuality theorists eventually began to investigate the silent paradigm of sex but did so only with conventional and highly scientific, detached methods...

(read more from the Part 1, We "Other Victorians" Summary)

This section contains 513 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The History of Sexuality: An Introduction Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The History of Sexuality: An Introduction from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.