HISTSEX: a discussion list for historians of sexuality

IMPORTANT: Histsex was reincarnated as H-Histsex,
part of H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online

This is left up as a historical marker. Histsex was first founded in January 1999 with the following remit and housed on what turned out to be temporary sites rather than what was promised, support in perpetuity for discussion lists.

Interest in the history of sexuality in all its aspects is growing, but individual historians working in the field often find themselves isolated.

This list provides a forum for communication and discussion of matters of common interest and is a place to post announcements of conferences, calls for papers, information about and reviews of new publications, requests for information, and points for discussion,

It is interested in historical perspectives on (but not limited to): Sexual activity in historical context; the formation of sexual identities (e.g., different-sex, same-sex, bisexual and queer identities); sexuality and marriage (premarital, courtship, adultery, divorce-related themes); individual sexuality (celibacy and masturbation); fertility and sexuality (menstruation; birth control, abortion, vasectomy and other technologies); sexual subcultures; geographies of sexuality; prostitution; sexually transmitted disease; HIV/AIDS and sexuality; representations of sexuality (e.g., pornography, erotica, safer sex campaigns); the medicalization of sexualities (e.g., sexology, psychiatry; perversions and paraphilias); sex education; moral reform movements; legal regulation of sexuality; sexual violence; globalization and sexuality; historiographical and theoretical approaches to sexuality (e.g., marxism, feminism, queer theory)

Last Updated on 10 May 2023 by Lesley Hall


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