Lišková Kateřina

To a large extent, the regulatory discourses of sexology and criminology control our understandings of sexual as well as gender identity. By pathologising some identities, they highlight the normal and acceptable, thus reproducing the heteronormative status quo. In this text I analyse Czech sexological and criminological writing on the topic of pornography, as well as feminist anti-pornography arguments, as articulated both in the United States and contemporary Europe. I argue that not only do sexology and criminology produce normalising accounts of gender and sexuality, but that surprising congruences arise between these disciplines and feminist antipornography discourse. These discourses share a perception of gender as a binary and stable category and sexuality as essentially heterosexual. Although this is perhaps to be expected from confining discourses such as sexology and criminology, it remains objectionable and proves especially unwelcome in progressive social powers such as feminism.

M.A. Filar

319 SEXUAL OFFENSES AND FORENSIC SEXOLOGY IN POLAND M.A. FILAR Professor of Criminal Law, Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun 1. Introduction Poland has a population of slightly more than 36 million; it is an industrial- agricultural country. About

Maria Sophia Quine

, secular, and scientific values, sexology and reproductive medicine posed a direct challenge to the absolutist moral universe of Catholic dogma, one in which papal opinion was considered unfailingly infallible. In the immediate post-unitary period, no single scientist better exemplified this seismic

Saint Genet decanonized

The Ludic body in Querelle


Loren Ringer

2002 will mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Saint Genet. Ever since that date, Jean Genet’s work has largely been read and interpreted through Sartre’s analysis of the author. In this study, the author seeks to liberate Genet’s fiction from the philosopher’s stranglehold and reopen the work to new venues of interpretation.
After challenging the accuracy and pertinence of Sartre’s project and describing the problematic influence it has had, the author begins his own investigation of Genet by examining the notion of precarious identity which informs the Genetian text. Through a dense weft of textual maneuvers arises an aesthetically playful approach to sexual identity.
From the beginnings of work in the field of sexology, homosexual desire has defied certain types of rigid schematization such as Freud’s Oedipus complex. Indeed, it can be better viewed through the alternative interpretive lenses of Deleuze and Guattari who challenge patriarchal order in the study of sexuality.
Such an approach eventually leads to a discovery of the body’s centrality in Genet’s fiction, especially in his last novel Querelle. It is precisely this ludic body that has escaped Sartre’s critical eye and many subsequent studies of Genet’s literature.


Kanako Akaeda

women, most of them educated at girls’ high schools. The concept and term douseiai (同性愛, literally ‘same-sex love’) surely derived from Western sexology, and thus one might imagine the word to carry negative or even stigmatizing connotations. This was not necessarily the case in pre-war Japan, because

The Philosophy of Viagra

Bioethical Responses to the Viagrification of the Modern World


Edited by Thorsten Botz-Bornstein

The impotency remedy Viagra is the fastest selling drug in history. It has grown beyond being simply a medical phenomenon, but has achieved the status of cultural icon, appearing on television as a pretext for jokes or even as a murder weapon. Viagra has socio-cultural implications that are not limited to sexuality. The Philosophy of Viagra offers a unique perspective as it examines the phenomenon of Viagra through ideas derived from more than two thousand years of philosophical reasoning. In philosophy, Eros has always had a central position. Since Plato, philosophy has held that desire is not only a medical but also a spiritual phenomenon and that scientific explanations claiming to give an exhaustive account of erotic perception are misleading. Philosophical ideas are able to debunk various scientific rationalizations of sexuality – one of which is the clinical-sexological discourse on Viagra. In this volume, several authors interpret Viagra through the lens of classical philosophy explicating the themes of immortality and hedonism. Others offer psychoanalytical considerations by confronting clinical sexology with psychological realities. Still others evoke intercultural aspects revealing the relative character of potency that the phenomenon of Viagra attempts to gloss over.

Sex and Religion

Religious issues in sexological treatment, sexological issues in pastoral care. Proceedings of the first major conference on the relationship between sex and religion, part of the 10th World Congress of Sexology. Amsterdam, The Netherl

Edited by Jacques H.N. Kerssemakers

Shan'ge, the 'Mountain Songs'

Love Songs in Ming China


Yasushi OKI and Paolo Santangelo

Mountain Songs is a collection of folk songs edited by the famous writer Feng Menglong (1574-1646). By this innovative work - mainly written in the Suzhou dialect - he aimed to revitalize poetry through the power of popular songs. This collection is very significant to the understanding of the characters of the mobile society of Jiangnan and the vitality of its intellectual world. The songs deal with the lives of common people: women, often prostitutes, boatmen, peasants, hunters, fishers and paddlers. Their spirit is far from the orthodox moral intents that Zhu Xi advocated for interpreting the Shijing, and their language is often vulgar and full of crude expressions or salacious double meanings and contains allusions to sexual and erotic behaviour.

Jens Damm

the popular press and trans- lated works on Western sexology.  e book is divided into fi ve chapters in addition to the introduction and con- clusion. In the introduction, Kang provides a useful overview of other works on same-sex relations from the imperial era until 1949 in China, summarizing the