From Library Journal
Trexler (history, SUNY-Binghamton) examines the male sexual culture in Europe, particularly Spain, and in America at the time of the Spanish conquest, delineating the relationship between power and homosexual practices. He finds similar patterns of gendered dominance and submission in both regions and shows how the Spanish understanding of the situation at home is reflected in the writings of the Spanish conquerors and clergy on the natives of America. Trexler builds his arguments carefully, beginning in the ancient world and tracing the sexual expression of power and economic relationships up to the time of the Spanish conquest of the Americas. He is well aware of the limitations of his sources, which are all Spanish since the American natives left no writings, and he uses them with care. His scholarly work is not easy to read or digest, and it will give pause to most undergraduates. Recommended for graduate students and specialists in the history of sexuality.?Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
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"Courageously original."—International History Review
"Trexler's work is a highly sophisticated analysis of the relation between eros and conquest, of the roles that societal violence imposes on some of the members of the community. . . . His book is doubtless not only the best study of the American berdache, but also a significant contribution to the understanding of the development of power and authority in human society."—American Historical Review
"This excellent book focuses on the erotics of power at the time of the initial colonization of the western hemisphere and examines male culture of the period by assessing both Iberian and American attitudes toward transvestism and homosexuality. This highly original work of history, however, never loses sight of the comparative and contemporary implications of its findings. . . . Trexler has mined the documentary record of the period with great caution and sophistication to yield a meticulous exposition of the interpretation the Spaniards and Portuguese placed on the sexual culture they encountered in the new world and the construction of their own sexual behavior and attitudes in this critical early period."—Foreign Affairs
"A work of erudition and detail."—Men and Masculinities
"Trexler weaves for us an impressive analysis of the presence of the berdache and the importance of gendered and sexualized violence in Iberian and Native societies."—The Committee on Gay and Lesbian History
"In its exposure of the links between sexual abuse of boys and the sexualized subordination of women, Sex and Conquest offers rare insight into gender inequality. Trexler's analysis of male dominance in sacred and secular hierarchies offers evidence and depth, as well as sweep and vision."—Catharine A. MacKinnon, author of Only Words
"A persuasive tour de force of deserted histories."—Gerald Vizenor, author of Manifest Manners: Postindian Warriors of Survivance
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