Sexology in the Yishuv: The rise and decline of sexual consultation in Tel Aviv, 1930-39

Liat Kozma*

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Abstract

In late 1931, German sexologist and gay-rights activist Magnus Hirschfeld, quoted above, visited Palestine for a lecture tour that attracted hundreds in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and kibbutz Beit Alfa. By this time, the Jewish settlers' community (or Yishuv) in Mandate Palestine had already been exposed to the science of sexology and to the reform movement it inspired. Sexual-hygiene manuals had been translated into Hebrew and Yiddish in both Tel Aviv and Warsaw. Hebrew readers had access, for example, to translations of Auguste Forel's Sexual Ethics and Max Hodann's A Boy and a Girl. Finally, in the fall and winter of 1931-32, three sex consultation centers were opened in Tel Aviv.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)231-249
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Middle East Studies
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

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