visual culture

Sex Symbols: Tattoos, Science, and Queer Visual Culture around 1900

What is queer about tattoos? Can sexual identity be inked onto one’s skin? Since at least the mid-nineteenth century, researchers have been asking similar questions. Historically, the relationship between sexuality and tattooing was of central importance to scientists concerned with defining homosexual identity, and for good reason: tattoos were a cornerstone of queer European visual …
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