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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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Sodomy, Gender, and Identity in the Viceroyalty of Peru

Sodomy, Gender, and Identity in the Viceroyalty of Peru

(p.141) 7 Sodomy, Gender, and Identity in the Viceroyalty of Peru
Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America

Fernanda Molina

, Lucía Cordone
University of California Press

This chapter explores the sexual practices of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century sodomites in the viceroyalty of Peru in order to evaluate how sodomy evinces the myriad experiences of individuals committing the sin. The sodomitical practices in the viceroyalty, being both personal and intimate experiences, not only constituted diverse phenomena—impossible to reduce to one single meaning tied to “nature” and the “unnatural”—but also influenced gender identities and, in the passion of sexual encounters, strengthened erotic and affective bonds. These realities of sodomy challenge the notion of sodomy as simply an act “against nature;” thereby complicating theological and juridical conceptions of sodomy as unnatural.

Keywords:   sexual practices, sodomitical practices, viceroyalty, gender identities, sodomy

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