Sodome à Paris : protohistoire de l'homosexualité masculine fin XVIIIe - milieu XIXe siècle

Abstract : Over a period stretching from the latter part of the eighteenth century to the first half of the nineteenth century, a specific male homosexual identity was developing in cities such as Paris. This period saw a proliferation of writings about and views on sexual practices and same-sex relations between men, and the development of a subculture of sodomites. As the judicial sphere evolved between death sentences and an increasingly repressive attitude on the part of the police, male homosexuality was singled out as asocial behaviour. A new form of medical discourse emerged in order to support the police statements and legal judgments of the time. In order to clamp down on homosexuality, the authorities made widespread use of the charge of ‘affront to public decency, and of police raids. Yet homosexual subcultures thrived, and public condemnations of homosexuality had relatively little influence on people's behaviour, as the numerous police records involving urban, working-class young men and older gentlemen demonstrate. Whilst this was a new moment in the social construction of homosexuality, it was profoundly anchored in traditional gender stereotypes.
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Thierry Pastorello. Sodome à Paris : protohistoire de l'homosexualité masculine fin XVIIIe - milieu XIXe siècle. Histoire. Université Paris-Diderot - Paris VII, 2009. Français. ⟨tel-00392241⟩

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