Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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First published: January 1, 2024 - Last updated: January 1, 2024


Interviewer: Jill Massino

Interviewee: Agnieszka Kościańska

Title: Gender, Pleasure, and Violence

Subtitle: The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland

Program: New Books in Eastern European Studies

Channel: New Books Network

Date: March 31, 2023

Duration: 01:09:46 min.

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | European History: Polish History | Prosecution: Trials / Expert Testimonies; Research: Disciplines / Sexology; Types: Rape


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Interviewer: Jill Massino, Department of History University of North Carolina at Charlotte -

Interviewee: Agnieszka Kościańska , Instytut Etnologii i Antropologii Kulturowej (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology), Uniwersytet Warszawski (University of Warsaw) - ORCID

Description: »Behind the Iron Curtain, the politics of sexuality and gender were, in many ways, more progressive than the West.
While Polish citizens undoubtedly suffered under the oppressive totalitarianism of socialism, abortion was legal, clear laws protected victims of rape, and it was relatively easy to legally change one's gender. In Gender, Pleasure, and Violence: The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland (Indiana UP, 2021), Agnieszka Kościańska reveals that sexologists--experts such as physicians, therapists, and educators--not only treated patients but also held sex education classes at school, published regular columns in the press, and authored highly popular sex manuals that sold millions of copies. Yet strict gender roles within the home meant that true equality was never fully within reach. Drawing on interviews, participant observation, and archival work, Kościańska shares how professions like sexologists defined the notions of sexual pleasure and sexual violence under these sweeping cultural changes.
By tracing the study of sexual human behavior as it was developed and professionalized in Poland since the 1960s, Gender, Pleasure, and Violence explores how the collapse of socialism brought both restrictions in gender rights and new opportunities.« (Source: New Books Network)

Publication: Kościańska, Agnieszka. Gender, Pleasure, and Violence. The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland. Bloomington 2021. - Bibliographic Entry: [Info]

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Poland / History of Poland (1918-1939), History of Poland (1945-1989) | Academic discipline: Sexology | Evidence (law): Expert witness | Sex and the law: Rape