December 17, 2008

This Alien Legacy

The Origins of "Sodomy" Laws in British Colonialism

I.  Introduction
Three Trials
Colonial Laws and Contemporary Defenders
II. "Sodomy," Colonialism, and Codification
III. Colonial Power on the Street and over the Body
From "Vagrant" to "Eunuch"
Forensic Mythologies
IV. Interpreting Sodomy Laws: The Scope Expands
Jurisprudence: From "Crimes against Nature" to Communal Values
Ignoring Rape, Intensifying Stigma
"Gross Indecency" and Criminalizing Lesbians
V. Conclusion: The Emancipatory Potential of Decriminalization