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4-The Invention of Sexuality | Kinship | Sexual Intercourse

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY Carole S. Vance (1984: 17) F I LI E I E ... sexuality may be thought about, experienced, and acted on differ- ently according to age, class, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation and preference, religion, and region. 'When I first began writing about the history of sexuality I was fond of using a phrase from the American historian, Vern Bullough: that sex in history was a 'virgin field' [l}.
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  A BRIEF HISTORYOFTHEHISTORYOFSEXUALITY Carole S. Vance (1984: 17) F LI EIE ... sexuality may be thoughtabout,experienced,andactedondiffer-entlyaccordingtoage,class,ethnicity,physical ability, sexualorientationandpreference,religion,andregion. 'WhenIfirstbegan writing about thehistory of sexualityIwasfond of usingaphrasefromtheAmericanhistorian,VernBullough: that sex in historywasa 'virgin field' [l}. This mayhavebeena dubious punbutit wasusefulinunderlininganimportant, if oftenoverlooked,reality.'Sexuality'was much talked about and written about but ourhistor icalknowledge about it remained pretty negligible.Those would-be colonizerswhoventured into thefieldtendedeither to offertransculturalgeneralizations ('the history of a long warfarebetween the dangerousandpowerfuldrives andthe systems of taboosand inhibitionswhichman haserectedtocontrol them', Rattray Taylor1953:13);ortosubsume the subjectundermoreneutralandacceptablelabels('marriage'and'morals'especially).Sexualityseemedmarginaltothebroadacres of orthodoxhistory.
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