HISTSEX: a discussion list for historians of sexuality

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

Please amend all links as Histsex is thus no longer current. I am only leaving this page up because there are still some sites linking to it, rather than H-Net, out there, and as a place to find the old list archives.

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)


Histsex was first founded in January 1999.

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Last Updated on 3 January 2010 by Lesley Hall


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