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Author Leng, Kirsten, 1979- author.

Title Sexual politics and feminist science : women sexologists in Germany, 1900-1933 / Kirsten Leng.

Published Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press : Cornell University Library, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.42094309 LENG    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 377 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Signale : modern German letters, cultures, and thought.
Signale (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-361) and index.
Contents Introduction : women and sexology : knowledge, possibilities, and problematic legacies -- The emergence of sexology in early twentieth-century Germany -- As natural as eating, drinking, and sleeping : redefining the female sex -- Challenging the limits of sex : envisioning new gendered subjectivities and sexualities -- Troubling normal, taking on patriarchy : criticizing male (hetero)sexuality -- The erotics of racial regeneration : eugenics, maternity, and sexual agency -- "New social and moral values will have to prevail: : negotiating crisis and opportunity in the First World War -- Fluid gender, rigid sexuality : constrained potential in the postwar period.
Summary Kirsten Leng restores the work of female sexologists to the forefront of the history of sexology. While male researchers who led the practice of early-twentieth-century sexology viewed women and their sexuality as objects to be studied, not as collaborators in scientific investigation, Leng pinpoints nine German and Austrian "women sexologists" and ?female sexual theorists? to reveal how sex, gender, and sexuality influenced the field of sexology itself. Leng's book makes it plain that women not only played active roles in the creation of sexual scientific knowledge but also made significant and influential interventions in the field. Sexual Politics and Feminist Science provides readers with an opportunity to rediscover and engage with the work of these pioneers. Leng highlights sexology?s empowering potential for women, but also contends that in its intersection with eugenics, the narrative is not wholly celebratory. By detailing gendered efforts to understand and theorize sex through science, she reveals the cognitive biases and sociological prejudices that ultimately circumscribed the transformative potential of their ideas. Ultimately, Sexual Politics and Feminist Science helps readers to understand these women?s ideas in all their complexity in order to appreciate their unique place in the history of sexology.0.
Subject Women sexologists -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Feminists -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Sexology -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Women -- Sexual behavior -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Sex role -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Feminism and science -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
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