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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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Pleasures of the Perverse: Male-Male Sexuality in Early Twentieth-Century Popular Discourse

Pleasures of the Perverse: Male-Male Sexuality in Early Twentieth-Century Popular Discourse

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(p.286) 6 Pleasures of the Perverse: Male-Male Sexuality in Early Twentieth-Century Popular Discourse
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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/9780520209091.003.0006

The sexological idiom made it possible to describe “same-sex love” to the corners of the external world, in keeping with the principle that the domain of the natural law, and consequently of scientific investigation, knew no legitimate bounds. The margins to which “civilized” discourse had confined the representation of male-male sexual behavior could no longer contain its signifying potential. “Same-sex love” was one in a long list of such “perversions,” counting among its neighbors erotic phenomena ranging from fetishism and sadomasochism, which were constructs of equally recent coinage, to more mysterious abnormalities such as pygmalionism and “metatophism.”

Keywords:   same-sex love, law, perversion, metatophism, pygmalionism

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