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Jean-Baptiste Tavernier

A French traveler in Turkey (1587) who wrote on lesbian practices in the harem.

LHMP entry

The general topic of this chapter is the historic association of the clitoris with transgressive lesbian sex (as opposed to culturally-acceptable same-sex relationships). Traub begins by reviewing Freud's theory that vagina = heterosexual, clitoris = homosexual, and points out that this was not a new concept with him but merely the culmination of a long tradition.

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