If you follow my blog, you should be following this blog…”Though Kinsey, Masters and Johnson materialised and legitimised both female orgasm and homosexuality, they also exemplify sexology’s taxonomical approach to sexuality which provides worrying means through which individuals can be medically, judicially and socially classified. That sexology simultaneously creates a sense of sexual diversity by both uncovering and constructing types of sexual expression, while also defining sexuality in a way that allows it to be policed, emerges as the fundamental paradox of this exhibition.” So ver excellent!
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At the Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition ‘The Institute of Sexology’, visitors must surreptitiously part a curtain to peer at a rosy clay vagina set inside a bifurcated case. Made in the early twentieth century as a teaching aid for health professionals, the Gynaeplaque sits behind a glass pane covered in fingerprints where people have erroneously reached out to put their hands inside. The abiding fascination with laying one’s hands on the hidden ‘truths’ of the sexual body, of rendering sexuality and its psychological corollaries tangible and knowable, forms the drive of the discipline of sexology. This scientific study of human sexual behaviour grew distinct with the work of the German psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing in the late nineteenth century, whose seminal work Psychopathia Sexualis explored the ‘perversions’ of non-procreational sex.
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