Oedipus Revisited: Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male Today by Shere Hite

By Shere Hite

Publish yr note: initially released February sixteenth 2006

Over fifty years in the past, Alfred Kinsey shook the area along with his file, Sexual Behaviour within the Human Male. Now distinct researcher and social iconoclast Shere Hite rocks it extra nonetheless with a wide-ranging and uninhibited scrutiny of fellows at the present time.

Drawing upon facts derived from over 7,000 interviews, Hite overturns conventional psychiatric notions of the Oedipus fable to bare how society calls for not just that the starting to be boy be separated from his mom yet that he aggressively rejects and ridicules her to boot. She then is going directly to display how the ache of this sharp revision is then replayed in violence and discrimination opposed to ladies and in men's makes an attempt to discover solace in pornographic imagery and adulterous relationships.

In Oedipus Revisited Hite confronts head-on every little thing from homosexuality to clitoral stimulation, masturbation to worldwide capitalism, non secular fundamentalism to the legendary “G-spot". After interpreting her conclusions, you'll by no means examine males within the related method back.

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The scientific problem of syphilis was inserted into colonial questions of tropical medicine and of the organization of armies, labor forces, and the 36 Chapter 1 various forms of sanctioned domesticity. Indeed, without the colonial context, its scientific questions and conclusions were illegible. Venereal disease research at the turn of the century developed within colonial medicine and research in two senses. First, colonies provided the raw material. German researcher Albert Neisser, for example, traveled to the Dutch colony of Java in order to work with apes in his search for the microorganism that caused syphilis.

Specifically, this chapter traces the nineteenth- and twentieth-century history of the belief in syphilis as a disease of “foreigners” or the impoverished classes, and suggests that this belief had everything to do with colonial prostitution policy and the origins of scientific research on syphilis in (imperial) tropical medicine. In the middle of the nineteenth century, reformers, building on the legacy of an international antislavery movement, began to speak of an international traffic in prostitutes.

This kind of account of what Schaudinn named the Spirochaete pallida—a disease agent similar to his African trypanosomes—as the cause of syphilis apparently appealed to biologists, because as Hoffmann noted, the claim to have found it was by no means proven. The usual standard of proof that someone had indeed found a pathogenic agent was that it produced disease when injected into an uninfected animal Sexuality, Medicine, and Imperialism 37 (Koch’s postulate). 51 It is instructive to note just how experimentally and intellectually fragile the original discovery was (as perhaps are all new discoveries), and therefore how much it depended on the extrascientific knowledge of the tropical dangers of syphilis to make it meaningful.

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