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Homosexuality in Modern France$
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Jeffrey Merrick and Bryant T. Ragan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195093032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093032.001.0001

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Pass as a Woman, Act like a Man: Marie-Antoinette as Tribade in the Pornography of the French Revolution

Pass as a Woman, Act like a Man: Marie-Antoinette as Tribade in the Pornography of the French Revolution

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(p.54) 3 Pass as a Woman, Act like a Man: Marie-Antoinette as Tribade in the Pornography of the French Revolution
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Homosexuality in Modern France
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Elizabeth Colwill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093032.003.0004

This chapter examines the representation of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, as tribade in pornography during the French Revolution. Pornographic pamphlets depicted the queen with an unusual range of sexual partners and in an imaginative array of sexual postures. This chapter analyses the political significance of the queen's alleged taste for women and the shifting meanings of the tribade during the 18th century in the context of the history of lesbianism.

Keywords:   Marie-Antoinette, tribade, French Revolution, lesbianism, sexual postures, lesbian queen

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