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Sexual Politics and Feminist ScienceWomen Sexologists in Germany, 1900-1933$
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Kirsten Leng

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501709302

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501709302.001.0001

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The Emergence of Sexology in Early Twentieth-Century Germany

The Emergence of Sexology in Early Twentieth-Century Germany

(p.43) 1 The Emergence of Sexology in Early Twentieth-Century Germany
Sexual Politics and Feminist Science

Kirsten Leng

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on three specific factors pivotal to the emergence of sexology in Germany during this time: the vaunted status and increasingly important political role of science and medicine; the growth of a discourse on modernity and its effects, above all on health and morality; and the expansion of variegated reform movements and their increasing reliance on science to support their demands and visions for change. It then illuminates the integral role sex reform groups played in creating, collecting, curating, and circulating sexual scientific knowledge, and especially highlights the roles women played in building sexology as a field of knowledge—as well as the opposition their involvement increasingly provoked.

Keywords:   Sexual Reform Movements, Welfare state, Urbanization, Social Reform, Wilhelmine Germany

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