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Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America$
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Zeb Tortorici

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288140

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288140.001.0001

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Experimenting with Nature

Experimenting with Nature

José Ignacio Eyzaguirre’s General Confession and the Knowledge of the Body (1799–1804)

(p.95) 5 Experimenting with Nature
Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America

Martín Bowen Silva

University of California Press

This chapter presents José Ignacio Eyzaguirre’s unorthodox erotic acts such as putting his penis in his mouth like a dog, placing a cigar on his member, and crafting a little bag to masturbate on. These acts tend “to be queerer, less legible, and more historiographically marginalized…than other types of criminalized sexuality in the past.” They showed the natural limits of bodily pleasure by forcing it to adopt an animal-like posture or by providing it an artificially induced sexual satisfaction. These bodily experiences were experimental in nature, and can therefore be framed as natural explorations of the male and female bodies.

Keywords:   José Ignacio Eyzaguirre, unorthodox acts, erotic acts, criminalized sexuality, sexual satisfaction, natural explorations

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