Time for Sex: Kaam-Discipline and the Conduct of Childhood in Global/Hindu Sexology
In the first decades of the twentieth century, the universal prescription of sexual satisfaction as a key to conjugal bliss and eugenic procreation was joined with the uniform proscription of the sexuality of children. Global/Hindu sexology served to shore up an emergent reproductive temporality that was characterized by a preoccupation with productive coupling, on the one hand, and an investment in the familial and national future to be secured through a proper conduct of childhood, on the other. By delving into the extensive sexological calculations on the proper ‘time for sex’ in an individual lifecycle, this paper suggests that the global nature of twentieth century sexology- including in its “Hindu” iteration – might be understood as the dissemination of reproductive temporality as a natural, universal, timeless norm, captured in the powerful image of the body as clock.
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