Pathologizing Sexual Deviance: A History

@article{DeBlock2013PathologizingSD,
  title={Pathologizing Sexual Deviance: A History},
  author={Andreas De Block and Peter Adriaens},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  year={2013},
  volume={50},
  pages={276 - 298}
}
This article provides a historical perspective on how both American and European psychiatrists have conceptualized and categorized sexual deviance throughout the past 150 years. During this time, quite a number of sexual preferences, desires, and behaviors have been pathologized and depathologized at will, thus revealing psychiatry's constant struggle to distinguish mental disorder—in other words, the “perversions,” “sexual deviations,” or “paraphilias”—from immoral, unethical, or illegal… 

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