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Hist Cienc Saude Manguinhos. 2008 Jun;15 Suppl:173-90.

[Forbidden sexualities: madness and the male gender].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Faculdade de Formação de Professores, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Condominio Ubá Pendotiba, R.3, Q.4, L.6, 24322-140 Niterói RJ, Brasil.


The article identifies and studies male sexuality and affectivity as forbidden and imprisoned in Brazilian asylums in the first decades of the Republic. By analyzing psychiatric records from that era, it explores the notion that sexual and affective behavior had little to do with the construction of male profiles deemed 'deviant' and/or 'pathological'. This reflection shifts the focus of analysis to the gender specificities that determine the various traits displayed in 'mental disturbances' attributed to certain sexual and affective behavior.

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