Sex and Conquest: Gender Construction and Political Order During the European Conquest of the Americas

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This is the first study of early American sexuality at the time of the Conquests, examining the sexual relations, mainly between males, that the conquerors encountered.

This dazzling book delineates the relation between force and sex in social and political institutions. The story it tells--of biological males who lived as women--forges a link between sexual themes dating from Antiquity and the erotics of much of the violence in ...

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Overview

This is the first study of early American sexuality at the time of the Conquests, examining the sexual relations, mainly between males, that the conquerors encountered.

This dazzling book delineates the relation between force and sex in social and political institutions. The story it tells--of biological males who lived as women--forges a link between sexual themes dating from Antiquity and the erotics of much of the violence in today's world. Photos.

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"An absolutely fascinating book on male sexual culture in Europe and the Americas during the Conquest which will shock and take one's breath away." Ramon Gutierrez, University of California, San Diego

"Sex and Conquest is a persuasive tour de force of deserted histories." Gerald Vizenor, University of California, Berkeley

"In its exposure of the links between sexual abuse of boys and the sexualized subordination of women, Sex and Conquest offers a rare insight into gender inequality. Richard Trexler's analysis of male dominance in sacred and secular hierarchies offers evidence and depth, as well as sweep and vision." Catherine A. MacKinnon

"His brutally unromantic conclusions are sure to provoke much-needed debate." Eugene Rice, Columbia University

"Readable and informative, Trexler's book undeniably brings new complexity to conventional understandings of conquest." History

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A historical account of the berdache--biological men who performed the offices and work of women, including sexual service--in Europe and America at the time of the Conquest. Trexler examines the sexual culture of both early modern Iberia and the native American world of that era. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745607276
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/27/1995
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard C. Trexler is Professor of History, State University of New York at Binghamton.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Introduction.

1. Backgrounds.

2. Iberian Experiences.

3. The Military and Diplomatic Berdache.

4. The Domestic Berdache: Becoming.

5. The Religious Berdache.

6. On the Ground.

7. Attitudes and Assessments.

8. Yesterday and Today.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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