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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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Doctoring Love: Male-Male Sexuality in Medical Discourse from the Edo Period Through the Early Twentieth Century

Doctoring Love: Male-Male Sexuality in Medical Discourse from the Edo Period Through the Early Twentieth Century

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(p.235) 5 Doctoring Love: Male-Male Sexuality in Medical Discourse from the Edo Period Through the Early Twentieth Century
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Cartographies of Desire
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Gregory M. Pflugfelder

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520209091.003.0005

Chinese medical discourse assigned an important place to “matters of the bedchamber,” in situating the sexual. This aspect of Chinese learning was circulated to Japan at least early as the tenth century. By the Edo-period, “bedchamber” medicine was familiar not only to Sinophiles but to a broad segment of the general population, its terminology invoked even in popular genres — senryū. As considered in Sino-Japanese medicine, the “bedchamber” was exclusively the site of male-female sexuality. Sexual relations between males might theoretically be understood as violating the yin-yang order. Chinese medical discourse was by and large concerned with their physiological implications, much less those of female-female sexual behavior.

Keywords:   medicine, Chinese medical discourse, bedchamber, sexual behavior, male-male sexuality

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