Krafft-Ebing: "Heterosexual," 1889

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The term heterosexual made four public appearances in the fourth German edition of Dr. Richard von Krafft-Ebing's Psychpathia Sexualis, 1889.


"Heterosexual" appears four times in three different phrases: "heterosexual Empfindung" (heterosexual sensation); "heterosexuale Gefuhle" (heterosexual feeling); and "heterosexualer Verkehr" (heterosexual intercourse).


Through Krafft-Ebing's work the term heterosexual passed into English.[1]


See also: Heterosexual History Timeline

References

  1. Research Request: CHECK GERMAN. Jonathan Ned Katz, The Invention of Heterosexuality (NY: Dutton, March 1995), p. 54, and n. 56 p. 216, citing Manfred Herzer, "Kertbeny and the Nameless Love," pp. 6, 21 n. 6. The term "heterosexual" appears in the 4th edition of R. von Krafft-Ebing, Psycho-pathia sexualis . . . (Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1889), 96, 99. "Heterosexual" appears four times in three different phrases: "heterosexual Empfindung" (heterosexual sensation); "heterosexuale Gefuhle" (heterosexual feeling); and "heterosexualer Verkehr" (heterosexual intercourse): Herzer to Katz, July 6, 1983, and April 16, 1989. Katz thanks James Steakley for help with the German.


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