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Title: Between Passion and Repression: Medical Views of Demon Dreams, Demonic Fetuses, and Female Sexual Madness in Late Imperial China,
Authors: 陳秀芬
Chen, Hsiu-fen
Contributors: 政大歷史系
Keywords: Womens health;Womens health;Mental disorders;Demons;Chinese history;Emotions;China
Date: 2011-06
Issue Date: 2012-07-24 14:54:32 (UTC+8)
Abstract: According to him, a woman's menses won't be regulated if she hasn't had sex with a man for ten years after her first menstruation; her menses won't be regulated, either, if she has longed for sex with a man for ten years after her first menstruation. [...] I discuss how Chinese physicians came to interpret women's "demonic fetuses" and infertility as originating in demonic affliction and emotional affection
Relation: Late Imperial China, 32(1), 51-82
Description: This article argues that early Chinese physicians had already related female ailments to their sexual frustration. Moreover, many physicians paid more attention to non-reproductive women – nuns, widows, and unmarried women – as if they were more prone to suffer from unfulfilled desires and sexual frustration and, as a result, produce the sexual dreams and monstrous births that were described in the medical literature of medieval China as physical ailments. The earlier body-oriented etiology of these female illnesses gradually shifted to emotion-oriented perspectives in late imperial China. In particular, the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century doctors began to categorize women's sexual frustration as "yu disorders" or "love madness." In this article I will show not only the changing medical views of female sexual madness throughout the ages, but how these views were shaped by the societies in which both the doctors and patients were situated.
Data Type: article
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