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Sex Crimes: From Renaissance to Enlightenment (Dark Histories)
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Sex Crimes looks at the cyclical movement in Europe from implicit sexual tolerance to repression, to sexual liberalization and open tolerance. Cultural historian William Naphy considers the whole gamut of sexual activity which could result in a criminal prosecution and, usually, execution. He considers those types of behavior considered criminal but natural” (adultery, bigamy, fornication, rape, prostitution), unnatural” sex (masturbation, incest, child abuse, same-sex relations), and finally inhuman, unnatural” sex (bestiality, sex with Satan). William Naphy emphasizes the modernity of the past in its attitudes while highlighting those areas where socially constructed attitudes most differ from the present day.
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This text looks at the cyclical movement of Europe from implicit sexual tolerance to repression to sexual liberalisation and open toleration.
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