By Sabine Frühstück
A sweeping examine of intercourse, energy, and information in sleek Japan, this bold paintings presents the 1st full-scale, specified heritage of the formation and alertness of a technological know-how of intercourse from Meiji via mid-twentieth century Japan. Tracing the several makes use of made up of sexual wisdom, the booklet brings to mild the complicated and sophisticated interaction among sexuality, clinical services, social regulate, and empire building.
Drawing on a wide selection of resources, Frühstück analyzes the conflicts and negotiations that aimed toward generating a normative sexuality. She exhibits how the "colonization" of intercourse used to be enacted via debates over a number of concerns: the need of intercourse schooling; the prevention of venereal illnesses; the matter of masturbation and its alleged results; the legalization of contraception; the struggle opposed to prostitution; the emergence of eugenics; and, ultimately, the implementation of "racial hygiene" rules. In Colonizing intercourse we see how those struggles have been pushed by means of rhetoric together with cries for protection, liberation, and truth—emphasizing in each ancient second how the sexual physique has been, and is, a part of a lot broader currents in political, cultural, and social existence.
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