Jäger: "Heterosexual," 1880

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Jäger first publicly uses the term heterosexual

by Jonathan Ned Katz

Karl-Maria Kertbeny's word heterosexual was used publicly for the first time, in Germany, in 1880, in a book titled Discovery of the Soul, by a zoologist, Gustav Jäger. Earlier, Kertbeny had contributed a chapter to the book arguing for the decriminalization of homosexuality, but the book's publisher decided it was too controversial and omitted it. Nevertheless, Jäger used Kertbeny's terminology elsewhere in the book.[1]

See also:

Heterosexual History Timeline, Part 1

Heterosexual History Timeline, Part 2

Kertbeny: "Homosexual," "Heterosexual," May 6, 1868


  1. "Karl-Maria Kertbeny," accessed April 1, 2008 from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl-Maria_Kertbeny. Also see Jonathan Ned Katz, The Invention of Heterosexuality (NY: Dutton, March 1995), pp. 54. Research Request: Where in Jäger's book is heterosexuality used, and in what context? Is homosexuality used and, if so, where? What other terms invented by Kertbeny are used in Jäger's book, and where?

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