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A wide range of accounts of lesbian relationships unearthed from the historical record...

Title : Lesbians in Early Modern Spain
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ISBN : 9781283053808
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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  • Christina
    2019-03-19 15:49

    Any book that starts with the story of a complaining, flying crucifix is going to go well, I think.One generally has the sense that we've already done all this before, but it is nice to have evidence to point towards. Velasco puts a readable, scholarly collection of historical accounts, trial proceedings, cultural references, and religious rules of order surrounding female homosexual desire. She makes the case that many of the taboos regarding sexuality are in effect, a bulwark for masculine superiority, which is itself a defense of paternity claims. Deviant women (and at least one case, transmen) are subject to differing levels of scrutiny based on the specifics of the sex act. (Using a dildo, however, guarantees a punishment of either death or gruesome death.)History's an odd thing. It almost requires you to bounce between horror-laughing at the peculiar violence of the past, and concluding Things Are Not That Different At All. Velasco does a good job of showing the attitudes of 17th century Spaniards are not that different from those of today and refrains from preaching. The evidence is necessarily thin in places, but her roundup of contemporary literature offers a glimpse at a world the layperson is only beginning to rediscover.