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Cartographies of DesireMale-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950$
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Gregory Pflugfelder

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520209091

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520209091.001.0001

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Authorizing Pleasure: male-male Sexuality in Edo-Period popular discourse

Authorizing Pleasure: male-male Sexuality in Edo-Period popular discourse

(p.23) 1 Authorizing Pleasure: male-male Sexuality in Edo-Period popular discourse
Cartographies of Desire

Gregory M. Pflugfelder

University of California Press

In the Edo-period, for the Japanese, “homosexuality” was an unfamiliar and unimaginable concept. People of this era never engaged in sexual practices with nor experienced erotic desires toward individuals of the same sex. This period's sexual vocabulary offered various expressions that could be used to refer to erotic activities between males or females so that even finding an appropriate name for it would pose a considerable challenge. Writings on male-male sexuality possessed an indigenous textual tradition, with its own vocabulary and commercial market. The “sexuality” of “homosexuality” was quite the same as the “love” of “male love”

Keywords:   male sexuality, love, homosexuality, Edo-period, erotic desire

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