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Sexual Politics of Female Crime—Sexology, Sexual Knowledge, and Female Crime in the Colonial Period

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2022, 28(2), pp.187-223
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2022.28.2.006
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : May 17, 2022
  • Accepted : June 16, 2022
  • Published : June 30, 2022

So, Young-Hyun 1

1한국문학번역원

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ABSTRACT

It was confirmed through the process of forming knowledge about women around the 1930s that women’s crimes were created in the process of understanding women sexually. Based on research on women’s crimes centered on husbands murderers, I tried to expand my perspective to the point of omission in the discussion created by the way of understanding that women’s crimes are limited to the discussion of husbands murder. In this paper, the understanding of women’s crimes based on the recognition that women’s sexuality and sexual desire as a disease and a source of crime is ‘made’ in the process of expanding the understanding of women by experts represented by doctors and lawyers. Specifically, it reminds us of the situation in which sexuality, which had been built in connection with the Department of Criminology, was introduced in the form of omitting the connection with the Department of Criminology, and I checked that the popularization of sexual knowledge that was spread through print media to reflect the influence of the introduction of sexology on Joseon society during the colonial period. Through the work of reconstructing the context of the changes that medical and legal work has made in the name of science and the effects it caused, that is, the cognitive transformation, women’s crime is a mechanism for modern women’s understanding to regulate and regulate women’s sexuality and desires.

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