Time Line 1900
The death in New York of Mary Anderson, who had lived as Murray Hall and had married two women.
Richard von Krafft-Ebing dies in Graz, Austria at age 62 of multiple strokes. [wd]
- 1903, Sept 10
Birth of Ciril Connolly, English writer who was considered one of the "bright young men" of the 1920's. Chubby chasers should note that he wrote: "Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out." OH YES!! [Greif 82]
The British physician Havelock Ellis publishes "Studies in the Psychology of Sex." [wd]
- 1904, Dec. 17
The birth, in New York City, of artist Paul Cadmus, who wonderfully portrayed lusty sailors, and had a painting destroyed by the Navy as being "inappropriate".
- The Memoirs of a Voluptuary, the Secret Life of an English Boarding School" by Anonymous published in Britain. US edition in 1971.
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch dies in an insane asylum in Mannheim, Germany. [wd]
Maximilian Harden, publisher of Berlin's Die Zukunft, prints an editorial warning of the danger presented by the homosexual comspiricy. [AA]
In Austria the first publication of Young Torless by Robert Musil (Eng. ed 1955) a novel depicting a sexually explosive hazing in an Austrian military school.
The Austrian physician Sigmund Freud publishes his ADrei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie@. Sadism and masochism are described as illnesses resulting from incomplete or faulty development of a child's personality. Psychoanalysis, a form of speculative philosophy with no empirical basis, becomes the dominating theory in psychiatry for the next 60 years. [wd]
- 1905, Mar. 2
Birth of Marc Blitzstein, American composer. He was murdered by a hustler in Fort-de-France, Martinique in 1968.
A crowd of 2000 shows up for a debate about Germany's sodomy law, the nororious Paragraph 175, sponaored by the Scientific Humanitarian Committee. [AA]
Release of film "Love Microbe", the first in which sex is central to the plot. A scientist isolates the "germ" that causes people to get the hots for each other.
Adolf Brand, the leader of the Gemeinschaft der Eigenen, works to overturn Paragraph 175. Publishes a piece "outing" the Imperial Chancellor of Germany; Prince Bernhard von Bülow. The Prince sues Brand for libel and clears his name; Brand is sentenced to 18 months in prison.
- 1907, Feb. 21
Birth of W. H. Auden, English poet. His poem "The Platonic Blow" was published in Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts in 1965 without his permission. The poem was then issued in a Trade edition of 300 copies and a "Rough Trade" edition of 5 numbered copies each with "beautiful slurp drawings." The first two lines of the poem are, "It was a Spring day, a day for a lay, when the air / Smelled like a locker-room, a day to blow or get blown." [Greif 82]
- 1907, Sept. 23
Birth of Anne Declos, aka Dominique Aury, aka Pauline Reage, the author of Historie d'O. (death: April 26 1998) [wd]
Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (born March 19, 1872; died 1929) meets Vaslav Nijinsky (born March 12, 1890). In their five years together Diaghilev totally dominates Nijinsky's life as he shapes him into one of the finest dancers the world has ever seen and creates a relationship (slave and Master?) that eventually results in Nijinsky's madness.
Publication of The Intermediate Sex by Edward Carpenter in England. [AA]
First publication of Physical Culture magazine, the first magazine to focus on the male physique with lots of articles about sex and photos of scantily clad men. (Hooven 1995)
- 1908, Aug. 18
Birth of Sir Frances Rose, the last of Gertrude Stein's many artist proteges. In 1952 Alice B. Toklas reported that Rose was in trouble because of a Spanish gypsy boy he had found and hired as both valet and bed mate. After an incident involving a stolen bicycle Rose examined the boy's papers and discovered that he was his illegitimate son. [Greif 82]
Two black men are accused of oral sex with one another in Kentucky. They are not convicted because the judge couldn=t find any law on the books under which to find them guilty. He urged that lawmakers remedy this problem, and soon many states had outlawed oral sex. [AA]
- 1909, April 23
In Woodside, OH, the birth of writer Samuel M. Steward, aka Phil Andros. As sex researcher Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey's major contact with the world of homosexual male SM he arranged and participated in scenes staged for Kinsey's cameras.