KARL MARIA KERTBENY PDF

He is best known for coining the words heterosexual and homosexual. This young man killed himself after being blackmailed by an extortionist. Benkert later recalled that it was this tragic episode which led him to take a close interest in the subject of homosexuality, following what he called his "instinctive drive to take issue with every injustice. He settled in Berlin in , still unmarried at

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He is best known for coining the words heterosexual and homosexual. This young man killed himself after being blackmailed by an extortionist.

Benkert later recalled that it was this tragic episode which led him to take a close interest in the subject of homosexuality, following what he called his "instinctive drive to take issue with every injustice.

He settled in Berlin in , still unmarried at He claimed in his writings to be "normally sexed," and there is no direct evidence to contradict this, despite the skepticism of subsequent writers. Nevertheless, from this time on he began to write extensively on the issue of homosexuality, motivated, he said, by an "anthropological interest" combined with a sense of justice and a concern for the "rights of man.

Leonhardt, Royal Prussian Minister of Justice. A second pamphlet on the same subject soon followed. In his pamphlets, Kertbeny argued that the Prussian sodomy law, Paragraph which later became Paragraph of the penal code of the German Empire , violated the "rights of man.

Recalling his young friend, he argued strongly that the Prussian law allowed blackmailers to extort money from homosexuals and often drove them to suicide. Kertbeny also put forward the view that homosexuality was inborn and unchangeable, an argument which would later be called the "medical model" of homosexuality.

This contradicted the dominant view up to that time, that men committed "sodomy" out of mere wickedness.

Homosexual men, he said, were not by nature effeminate, and he pointed out that many of the great heroes of history were homosexual. During , in the course of these writings, Kertbeny coined the word "homosexual" as part of his system for the classification of sexual types, as a replacement for the pejorative terms "sodomite" and "pederast" that were used in the German- and French-speaking world of his time.

In addition, he called the attraction between men and women "heterosexualism", masturbators "monosexualists", and practitioners of anal intercourse "pygists". After publishing his two important pamphlets, Kertbeny faded from the scene. If he was homosexual, he was never prepared to say so. Kertbeny did not live to see the wide acceptance of his terminology or his ideas. He died in Budapest in at age

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Karl Maria Kertbeny

This young man killed himself after being blackmailed by an extortionist. Benkert later recalled that it was this tragic episode which led him to take a close interest in the subject of homosexuality, following what he called his "instinctive drive to take issue with every injustice. In , he legally changed his surname from Benkert to Kertbeny, a Hungarian name with aristocratic associations. He settled in Berlin in , still unmarried at He claimed in his writings to be "normally sexed". Horrible nightmares. I have burnt all the dangerous letters" , which suggest he was secretly homosexual.

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