Oosterhuis, op. The taboo and sensational, particularly in the vein of narrative accounts and the purported validity of first-hand experience, laid a foundation for our historical understanding of human sexuality in this epic work that continues to shape our views on aberrant behavior while titillating our senses.
The sexological writings of Krafft-Ebing and Moll reflected and, simultaneously, also promoted the emergence of a new experience of sexuality that was intrinsically bound up with the appearance of new kinds of individuals and their grouping into rudimentary sub-cultural communities, of which several of their clients, especially homosexuals, testified.
During its time, it became the leading medico—legal textual authority on sexual pathology. Man seated, wearing corset and holding whip. You must also include a United States public domain tag to indicate why this work is in the public domain in the United States. User icon An illustration of a person's head and chest.
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Download as PDF Printable version. This could have been an object, a specific body part, a certain act or physical type, a person of the same sex, an unusual age category, or an animal. This very interaction, the interplay between the body and the inner self, might explain why sexuality has become such a meaningful and sensitive experience in modern Western culture, giving cause to an array of emotional problems such as endless self-scrutiny, fears of being abnormal, anxieties about erotic attractiveness and sexual achievement, conflicts between private desires and social roles, and between sexual fantasies and the realities of everyday life.
Echoing the typical nineteenth-century model of the closed energy system, the male sexual drive was conceptualised as a powerful physiological force that builds up from inside the body until it is released in orgasm. The central argument of this article is that the modern notion of sexuality, as we experience and understand it today, took shape in the last two decades of the nineteenth century, especially in the works of the psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing — and the neurologist Albert Moll — Oosterhuis, op.
First published in in German with the subtitle "with Special Reference to the Antipathic Sexual Instinct: A Medico-Forensic Study", the book details a wide range of paraphilias , with a special emphasis on male homosexuality the "antipathic instinct" of the subtitle.
Collecting and publishing more and more case histories they introduced new labels and categories of perversion. Stressing that both love without sexuality and sexual pleasure without love were incomplete, Krafft-Ebing — arguing within the context of the ideal of romantic love — began to replace negative attitudes towards sexuality by a positive evaluation.
Sexuality was privileged as the quintessence of privacy and the individual self. He later practiced in psychiatric asylums.