Bryn Hammond's Reviews > Sex and Conquest: Gendered Violence, Political Order, and the European Conquest of the Americas

Sex and Conquest by Richard C. Trexler
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Jan 10, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: history-elsewhere

This is a book for you if, only if, you have a fundamental belief in sex as power and very little else. For me it's a dark interpretation of human culture and unwarranted. His theory - incidence of homosexuality has to do with power (and subjection, humiliation) or is primarily to be studied in those terms - is way too blanket across cultures for my trust; he seems to me to treat vastly different cultures as almost equivalent. The evidence he hangs on is often loose, and the fact naively given away in his sentence structure: that is, you can easily read through to: 'although there's not a lot of data on this point, my theory holds'.

Sorry, my skin crawled; I have less negative beliefs. For your guidance, he follows Foucault, he scorns Walter Williams' The Spirit and the Flesh. He discounts the spirituality, or spiritual significance of the berdache.

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