Criminally Queer: Homosexuality and Criminal Law in by Jens Rydström, Kati Mustola

By Jens Rydström, Kati Mustola

This booklet presents a coherent heritage of felony legislations and homosexuality in Scandinavia from 1842 to 1999, a interval within which same-sex love was once outlawed or topic to serious felony regulations within the Scandinavian penal codes. This used to be the case in such a lot nations in Northern Europe, however the booklet argues that the advance in Scandinavia was once diversified, in part made up our minds via the constitution of the welfare nation. 5 skilled students of the historical past of homosexuality describe how same-sex hope has been regulated of their respective nations prior to now one hundred sixty years. With backgrounds in heritage, sociology, and gender stories, the members signify an interdisciplinary procedure. Their contributions current for the 1st time a complete historical past of homosexuality in Scandinavia. between different issues, it contains the main wide examine but written in any language approximately Iceland's homosexual and lesbian heritage. additionally for the 1st time, the ebook discusses intimately same-sex sexuality among girls. lady homosexuality used to be outlawed in jap Scandinavia, yet now not within the Western elements of this zone. It additionally analyzes the fashionable tendency to incorporate lesbian ladies within the legal element of the medicalization of homosexuality and the becoming impact of clinical discourse at the legislation. Jens Rydstrm is lecturer in historical past, really gender heritage, at Stockholm collage (Sweden) and the writer of Sinners and voters: Bestiality and Homosexuality in Sweden, 18801950. he's presently engaged on the heritage of legislation on registered partnership within the Nordic nations. Kati Mustola is a study fellow on the division of Sociology of the college of Helsinki (Finland). She is at the moment concerned with study at the scenario of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender humans within the office. She additionally focuses on Finnish lesbian and homosexual heritage. She has edited a number of books in lesbian and homosexual stories and for a few years was once accountable for the educating of lesbian stories on the Christina Institute for Women's experiences on the collage of Helsinki.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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24 Section 143 of the Prussian Penal Code of 1851, which prohibited male samesex sexuality only, was reinstated in unchanged form as section 175 in the Penal Code of 1870 of the unified German Empire. 26 In all countries where women were included, the number of prosecutions against women was considerably lower than those against men. In Finland the proportion of women of all convicted persons between the years 1894 and 1971, while the law was in force, was less than 5 percent. 27 Modern criminal discourse The inclusion of women in European sodomy laws has thus been the exception rather than the rule.

See also Halsos’ contribution in this volume. 25 There was a third case in 1928, the nature of which remains unclear. 26 In Sweden until 1944, “fornication which is against nature” and “fornication with animals” were punished according to chapter 18, section 10 of he Penal Code of 1864. From 1944 to 1978, the age of consent for heterosexual sex was 15, and for homosexual relations 18. In cases of dependency it was 18 for heterosexual relations (from 1937), and 21 for same-sex Introduction relations (from 1944).

34 The total number of convictions rose from 45 in 1941 to 68 in 1942 and 94 in 1943. Then it sank to slightly above 60 in 1944-47. These fluctuations are not visible in the five-year interval statistics. Danmarks statistik. Statistiske meddelelser. Kriminalstatistik 1933-78. 35 For accounts of sexuality during World War Two in Norway, see Ringdal 1987; for Finland, Mustola 2006; for Iceland, Bernhardsson 1996. 39 40 Criminally Queer 36 For the effects of World War Two on gay and lesbian identity, see Bérubé 1991.

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