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When Sex Embody Race : Black Bodies in the French Medical Imagination (1800-1950)

Abstract : From the late eighteenth century and throughout the nineteenth century, the body of African people became, for French doctors, an object of study in a context where racial taxonomy and colonization grew. Black women in Africa, and especially among the Hottentots and Bushmen of southern Africa, seemed to represent their race by their sexual characteristics, described as exuberant. According to doctors, Black men also seemed to have large sexual organs. Beyond a racial marker, analysis of sexual attributes also allowed doctors to speculate on African hypersexuality.
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Delphine Peiretti-Courtis. When Sex Embody Race : Black Bodies in the French Medical Imagination (1800-1950). Les Cahiers de Framespa : Nouveaux champs de l'histoire sociale, FRAMESPA, 2016, La domination incarnée - Corps et colonisation (XIXe-XXe siècles), http://framespa.revues.org/4021. ⟨10.4000/framespa.4021⟩. ⟨hal-01479614⟩

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