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UnspeakableA Life beyond Sexual Morality$
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Rachel Hope Cleves

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226733531

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

In 1923, when he was fifty-four years old, the writer Norman Douglas boasted that he’d had sex with eleven hundred virgins during his lifetime.1 Those were just the girls. In his thirties, he had switched mostly to boys. No one knows how many boys there were. And by boys, I mean boys. By present standards he was a monster. During his lifetime he was considered a great man, including by many of the children who had sexual encounters with him. The people who thought him wicked often liked him for that reason. This is not the story of a child abuse scandal. It is a history of the social world of sex between men and children before the 1950s....

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