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The Collectivisation of Pleasure: Normative Sexuality in Post-1966 Romania

The Collectivisation of Pleasure: Normative Sexuality in Post-1966 Romania This article explores a itudes towards sex and sexuality in First Republic Czechoslovakia (1918–1938), focusing on the urban Czech population. By looking at articles, advertisements and references to sex and sexuality in Czech periodicals from 1920 to 1935, it shows that inter-war Czechoslovaks were enthusiastic participants in closely linked discourses about hygiene, physical culture, sex education, birth control and sex reform, and provides evidence that Czech discourse about sex and sexuality was almost always – apart from erotica and pornography – closely tied to discourse about health, hygiene and social reform. The article also shows how inter-war Czechoslovaks participated in the struggle for sexual minority rights. By exploring these discourses, this article helps place Czech ideas about sexuality within the larger framework of European ideas about sexuality, especially in relation to the German discourses with which Czech writers and activists were in constant dialogue. KEYWORDS: gender, body, sexuality, Czechoslovakia, eugenics, homosexuality, discourses, periodicals, 1918–1938 The sexual question takes up almost the largest part of our magazine, because sexuality was, is, and will be the most newsworthy life problem and the whole world revolves around it. Ignorance of this question causes many errors and disappointments… [W]e will present articles, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

The Collectivisation of Pleasure: Normative Sexuality in Post-1966 Romania

Aspasia , Volume 4 (1) – Mar 1, 2010

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Publisher
Berghahn Books
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© 2022 Berghahn Books
ISSN
1933-2882
eISSN
1933-2890
DOI
10.3167/asp.2010.040104
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Abstract

This article explores a itudes towards sex and sexuality in First Republic Czechoslovakia (1918–1938), focusing on the urban Czech population. By looking at articles, advertisements and references to sex and sexuality in Czech periodicals from 1920 to 1935, it shows that inter-war Czechoslovaks were enthusiastic participants in closely linked discourses about hygiene, physical culture, sex education, birth control and sex reform, and provides evidence that Czech discourse about sex and sexuality was almost always – apart from erotica and pornography – closely tied to discourse about health, hygiene and social reform. The article also shows how inter-war Czechoslovaks participated in the struggle for sexual minority rights. By exploring these discourses, this article helps place Czech ideas about sexuality within the larger framework of European ideas about sexuality, especially in relation to the German discourses with which Czech writers and activists were in constant dialogue. KEYWORDS: gender, body, sexuality, Czechoslovakia, eugenics, homosexuality, discourses, periodicals, 1918–1938 The sexual question takes up almost the largest part of our magazine, because sexuality was, is, and will be the most newsworthy life problem and the whole world revolves around it. Ignorance of this question causes many errors and disappointments… [W]e will present articles,

Journal

AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Mar 1, 2010

Keywords: Communist period; cultural history; gender; Romania; sex manuals; sexuality; subjectivity

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