Sex and the Weimar Republic

Sex and the Weimar Republic

German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis

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Liberated, licentious, or merely liberal, the sexual freedoms of Germany's Weimar Republic have become legendary. The home of the world's first gay rights movement, the republic embodied a progressive, secular vision of sexual liberation. Immortalized - however misleadingly - in Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories and the musical Cabaret, Weimar's 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 citizen's 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 R#65533;hm. Tracing the connections between toleration and regulation, Marhoefer's observations remain relevant to the politics of sexuality today.

Publisher: Toronto ;, Buffalo :, University of Toronto Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781442626577
1442626577
9781442649156
1442649151
Branch Call Number: 306.766 M337s
Characteristics: xvi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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