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The Autonomy of Pleasure"Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution"$
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James A. Steintrager

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151580

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151580.001.0001

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Sodomy and Reason

Sodomy and Reason

Making Sense of the Libertine Preference

(p.128) Chapter Three Sodomy and Reason
The Autonomy of Pleasure

James A. Steintrager

Columbia University Press

Examines how sodomy functioned in libertine writings as a critique of moral teleology and for freeing pleasure from the reproductive imperative. Shows why the libertine investment in sodomy must be distinguished from the history of homosexuality, focusing on the concern in licentious writings about female pleasure in sodomitical relationships.

Keywords:   sodomy, anal sex, female pleasure, homosexuality, teleology, rational choice

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