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FuckologyCritical Essays on John Money's Diagnostic Concepts$
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Lisa Downing, Iain Morland, and Nikki Sullivan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226186580

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226186757.001.0001

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A Disavowed Inheritance: Nineteenth-Century Perversion Theory and John Money’s “Paraphilia”

A Disavowed Inheritance: Nineteenth-Century Perversion Theory and John Money’s “Paraphilia”

(p.41) Chapter 2 A Disavowed Inheritance: Nineteenth-Century Perversion Theory and John Money’s “Paraphilia”

Lisa Downing

University of Chicago Press

Authored by Lisa Downing, this chapter traces a genealogy from foundational nineteenth-century sexological “perversion” theory, wherein sexual deviance is posited as a dangerous symptom of a degenerate society, through twentieth-century psychoanalytic writing on “perversion,” to John Money’s authoritative writings on “paraphilia” in the 1980s and 1990s. The chapter argues that although Money’s texts explicitly reject the values and systems of their historical forebears, the logic and rhetoric of nineteenth-century sexology haunt Money’s thinking. Given the influence of Money’s involvement in the definition of the paraphilia diagnosis (such as his naming of scores of paraphiliac conditions; his contribution to the DSM-III-R in 1987; his pioneering and controversial treatment program for paraphiliac sex offenders), the chapter contends that the disavowed inheritance of nineteenth-century sexological values in twentieth-century psychiatry continues to play into formulations of “paraphilia” today.

Keywords:   history, John Money, paraphilia, perversion, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, Richard Von Krafft-Ebing, Robert Stoller, sexology, Sigmund Freud

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