Title

Monitoring and Medicalising Male Sexuality in Semi-Colonial Egypt

Author's Department

History Department

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https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0424.2010.01607.x

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Gender and History

Publication Date

11-1-2010

doi

10.1111/j.1468-0424.2010.01607.x

Abstract

This article examines the ways Egyptians monitored male sexuality in Ottoman and semi-colonial Egypt. An exploration of the legislative proposals and press debates about marriage, prostitution and venereal disease reveals that the state attempted to medicalise the sexuality of Egyptian men to create 'healthy', disciplined men who would later marry and form fit families to serve as the foundation for a strong postcolonial nation. In their attempts to medicalise male sexuality, reformers delineated the normative heterosexuality of the 'healthy' male colonial subject for the emerging nation. This article explores the sexual practices of male colonial subjects to demonstrate how Egyptian notions of sexual diseases were gendered. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

First Page

677

Last Page

691

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