By Robert Aldrich
Colonialism and Homosexuality is a radical research of the connections of homosexuality and imperialism from the past due 1800s - the period of 'new imperialism' - till the period of decolonization. Robert Aldrich reconstructs the context of a few liaisons, together with these of recognized males akin to Cecil Rhodes, E.M. Forster or André Gide, and the old events which produced either the Europeans and their non-Western fans.
Colonial lands, which within the past due 19th and early 20th century integrated so much of Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Caribbean, supplied a haven for lots of Europeans whose sexual tendencies didn't healthy well into the restrictions of eu society.
Each of the case-studies is a micro-history of a selected colonial scenario, a sexual come across, and its wider implications for cultural and political existence. scholars either one of colonial heritage, and of gender and queer stories, will locate this an informative read.
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They met when Arago was twenty-five and Humboldt almost forty, and the relationship was intense, professionally and personally. When he travelled to Germany, Humboldt became distressed when Arago did not write often enough. After Arago was arrested for his radical politics following Louis Napoleon’s coup d’état in 1851, Humboldt tried but failed to secure permission to visit him in prison; before his death in 1853, one of Arago’s last expressed wishes was to see his German friend 28 Colonials and homosexuality again.
Jacobus’s book also illustrates typical late nineteenth-century attitudes, popularised by Tardieu, about homosexuals and the ways to identify them. He had manifestly not read Freud or other sexual theorists of the fin de siècle. Furthermore, his work reflects stereotypes about the small genitals, sexual licentiousness (and, often, sexual passivity) of Asians, the oversized genitals and carnal prowess of Africans, and the widespread penchant of Arabs for sodomy. He posits that ‘natives’ could corrupt the French, and affirms that Europeans did not introduce homosexuality to the colonies.
In my opinion only rifles and cannons of the Europeans can do any good here,’ he concluded, and consid- The sex life of explorers 35 ered fomenting a Buddhist and Muslim rebellion against the Confucian government. From Central Asia, he wrote: Here you can penetrate anywhere, only not with the Gospels under your arm, but with money in your pocket, a carbine in one hand and a whip in the other. Europeans must use these to come here and bear away in the name of civilisation all these dregs of the human race.