Decriminalization, Seduction, and 'Unnatural Desire' in East Germany


Evans, Jennifer V. 2010. "Decriminalization, Seduction, and 'Unnatural Desire' in East Germany." Feminist Studies 36 (3): 553-700.

Author: Jennifer V. Evans


This article discusses the history of homosexuality in East Germany after World War II, with particular focus on male homosexual acts. The author examines social complications occurring after the decriminalization of homosexuality in East Germany, the role of biological explanatory devices in state control of homosexual behavior, and the actions of a subculture that reacted to the government's failure to fully enact the law which decriminalized homosexual acts. Topics include the actions of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), perspectives on masculinity in private and public life in East Germany, and the influence of Nazi perspectives on homosexuality. (EBSCO)

Topics: Gender, Masculinity/ies, LGBTQ Regions: Europe Countries: Germany

Year: 2010

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