An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

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CROMPTON, Louis

2 entries
  • 10209

Offenses against one's self. Edited by Louis Crompton.

Journal of Homosexuality, 3 (4) 389-405, 1978.

This is the first publication of Jeremy Bentham's essay on "Paederasty," written about 1785. Bentham suppressed the essay during his lifetime, for fear of public outrage at his views on liberalizing the laws concerning homosexual activity.

"The essay which runs to over 60 manuscript pages, is the first known argument for homosexual law reform in England. Bentham advocates the decriminalization of' sodomy, which in his day was punished by hanging. He argues that homosexual acts do not "weaken" men, or threaten population or marriage, and documents their prevalence in ancient Greece and Rome. Bentham opposes punishment on utilitarian grounds and attacks ascetic sexual morality. In the preceding article (Journal of Homosexuality, 3(4), 1978, p. 383-387) the editor's introduction discussed the essay in the light of 18th-century legal opinion and quoted Bentham's manuscript notes that reveal his anxieties about expressing his views." Full text from columbia.edu Stonewall and Beyond: Lebian and Gay Culture at this link.



Subjects: LAW and Medicine & the Life Sciences › Legislation, Biomedical, SEXUALITY / Sexology, SEXUALITY / Sexology › Homosexuality
  • 10210

Homosexuality and civilization.

Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003.

The history of homosexuality in Europe and parts of Asia from Homer to the 18th century. 



Subjects: SEXUALITY / Sexology › History of Sexuality / Sexology, SEXUALITY / Sexology › Homosexuality