Homosexual-adjacent figures: Re-producing deviant sexuality in 18th-century France

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2021
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In the mid-18th-century, sexuality, as it related to gender, became increasingly convoluted. Men who slept with men were not properly represented by terms such as "sodomite" and "pederast." Instead, they occupied a new category of sexuality that had not yet solidified. The unique category of men that are born out of this project represents a transitional period in between pre-enlightenment understandings of deviant sexual practices as merely habitual, and the medicalized context in which the 19th-century homosexual was born. For this reason, we must look beyond modern gender theory as it relates to the homosexual, and develop aunique method through which we approach these figures. Records from police and media artists who sought to document the lives of sexually deviant men tell us that this transitional figure was intensely visible and constantly surveilled in 18th-century Paris. Magistrates, clergymen, scholars, police, and artists attempted to understand this emerging category, as it became increasingly inextricable from the political landscape, especially during the Republic and subsequent Directory. Thus, the homosexual-adjacent figure was a reflection of shifting social and governmental values, and in this, he embodied the evolution of 18th-century French politics.
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