Friday, April 28, 2017

Bates on Sexual Forensics in England

Last year, we missed the publication of Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts by Victoria Bates, University of Bristol. 

From the press, Macmillan Palgrave:
Drawing on court records from London and the South West, Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England explores medical roles in trials for sexual offences. Its focus on sexual maturity, a more flexible concept than the legal age of consent, enables histories of sexual crime to be seen in a new light.
Here is the Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Forensics
  • Knowledge: The Foundations of Forensics
  • Injury: Signs and the Sexual Body
  • Innocence: Chastity and Character
  • Consent: Violence and the Vibrating Scabbard
  • Emotions: Medicine and the Mind
  • Offenders: Lust and Labels
  • Conclusions: Medicine, Morality and the Law

You can read more about the book here.