Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis (German and European Studies)

Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis (German and European Studies) Author Laurie Marhoefer
ISBN-10 1442626577
ISBN-13 9781442626577
Year 2015-09-14
Pages 360
Language English
Publisher University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
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Liberated licentious or merely liberal the sexual freedoms of Germanys Weimar Republic have become legendary The home of the worlds first gay rights movement the republic embodied a progressive secular vision of sexual liberation Immortalized however misleadingly in Christopher Isherwoods Berlin Stories and the musical Cabaret Weimars freedoms have become a touchstone for the politics of sexual emancipation Yet as Laurie Marhoefer shows in Sex and Weimar Republic those sexual freedoms were only obtained at the expense of a minority who were deemed sexually disordered In Weimar Germany the citizens right to sexual freedom came with a duty to keep sexuality private non commercial and respectable Sex and the Weimar Republic examines the rise of sexual tolerance through the debates which surrounded immoral sexuality obscenity male homosexuality lesbianism transgender identity heterosexual promiscuity and prostitution It follows the sexual politics of a swath of Weimar society ranging from sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld to Nazi stormtrooper Ernst Rhm Tracing the connections between toleration and regulation Marhoefers observations remain relevant to the politics of sexuality today

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