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By Claudia Nelson

"Sex schooling" extends past the school room and past formative years. As this number of seven new essays indicates, many sorts of texts have attempted to form their audiences' sexual figuring out, from 19th-century erotica to 20th-century sermons on abstinence, marriage manuals to feminine-hygiene pamphlets, Hollywood comedies approximately sexual coming-of-age to photo books validating homosexuality. jointly, the essays in Sexual Pedagogies search to demonstrate the various responses that Anglophone tradition has needed to adjustments in sexual mores. targeting 3 countries, this anthology examines the interaction of radical and conservative ideologies of intercourse, noting the impression of industry forces, cultural ideals approximately formative years and gender, and now and again geopolitics. The competing agendas and assumptions of intercourse educators earlier and current have a lot to inform us concerning the society within which we are living.

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Frank Mort, for instance, notes that in “photographic studies of child prostitutes dating from the 1860s and 1870s . . childhood innocence was erotically framed against visible signs of immoral sexuality, such as exposed genitalia or the depraved stare” (84). In some contexts, purity might appear not as availability’s opposite but as its preamble. According to Marcus, “Pornography exists in order to violate in fantasy that which has been tabooed” (245); if we accept this dictum, we might choose to see the pedophiliac tendencies of The Pearl as a reaction against a society that placed childhood “above” sexuality.

When a young Black manservant successfully refuses the advances of his employer’s wife? When a schoolgirl birches her racially mixed teacher in a sex game before agreeing to the teacher’s importunities? When a wealthy woman is so entranced by the sight of a teenage brother and sister, her employees, in an incestuous embrace that she determines to abandon her erstwhile predilection for female partners, first flogging the boy and then crying out in passion, “Ah! the punishing of you has been the undoing of me, ah!

Indeed, as Patricia Anderson has pointed out, the original subscribers would have understood the magazine’s name as a synonym for the clitoris (8), so that female pleasure was foregrounded on every cover. Depictions of lesbian activities in serials such as “Lady Pokingham” represent the organ as essentially masculine, a way for phallic delights to be accessible to women as well as to men, as in the following passages from the December 1879 number: “my touches . . had caused quite an erection of her finely developed clitoris”; “I entreated her to be the gentleman, and let me have her stiff clitoris, which I was sure could give me great pleasure”; “[she had a] splendid mount covered with glossy black hair .

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