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Hartman, J.J. (1997). Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. XXXI, 1995. Psychology and Homosexuality: The British Sexological Society. David C. Weigle. Pp. 137-148.. Psychoanal Q., 66:560-561.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. XXXI, 1995. Psychology and Homosexuality: The British Sexological Society. David C. Weigle. Pp. 137-148.

(1997). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 66:560-561

Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. XXXI, 1995. Psychology and Homosexuality: The British Sexological Society. David C. Weigle. Pp. 137-148.

John J. Hartman

The author traces the history of the British Sexological Society, which was established in 1914 and was composed of many influential people including Laurence Housman, brother of A. E. Housman, Havelock Ellis, Bernard Shaw, and Ernest Jones. The purpose of the Society was to promote the scientific understanding of a variety of sexual topics, but the “hidden agenda” was to promote the equality of homosexuals through scientific understanding and legal reforms. It was thus an early force in the movement for sexual emancipation. Weigle uses the archives of the Society as well as private correspondence of its members and supporters to trace several areas of this homosexual rights agenda: homosexuality and psychoanalysis, theories of the etiology of homosexuality, lesbianism, homosexuality

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and mental illness, and legal reforms. Psychoanalysis had a major impact on the Society both as a means of explaining homosexuality and also as a treatment for it. The view that homosexuality required no cure was asserted only in private correspondence. Debate within the Society as to biological versus psychological causes of homosexuality foreshadowed the current debate about its etiology.

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Article Citation

Hartman, J.J. (1997). Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. XXXI, 1995.. Psychoanal. Q., 66:560-561

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