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Measuring ManhoodRace and the Science of Masculinity, 1830-1934$
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Melissa N. Stein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673025

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673025.001.0001

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Unsexing the Race

Unsexing the Race

Lynching, Castration, and Racial Science

(p.217) Chapter 4 Unsexing the Race
Measuring Manhood

Melissa N. Stein

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter four argues that emasculation was central to scientific and popular discourse on lynching as well as its practice. For three decades, prominent U.S. physicians recommended surgical castration as an alternative to lynch violence. They lent scientific support for the "black rapist" trope, but positioned themselves as progressive reformers offering a medical solution.

Keywords:   emasculation, racial studies, lynching, racial violence, castration, scientific racism, racialized science, African American studies, American studies, race and ethnicity

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