The Homosexual(ity) of Law

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THE SOMATIC TECHNIQUES OF POLICING

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this chapter is to undertake a detailed analysis of a particular technology that incites, extracts, distributes and institutionalizes a legal discourse of the male body in its genital relations with other male bodies. This machinery takes the form of a particular collection of techniques of investigation and detection that are deployed in a particular way: plain-clothes police operations in public conveniences. 1 Plain-clothes police operations are of importance for many reasons. They form a collection of techniques of policing that is said to have particular strengths. First, their strength lies in the fact that they are perhaps one of the most effective means of investigation and detection of certain criminal genital acts 2 between men. They give full and immediate access to the men who perform these acts (Humphreys 1970:25). Second, it is a technique of policing that is particularly efficient. Unlike low technological surveillance in public conveniences (which involves watching and invisibility by means of physical absence: spy holes, two-way mirrors, etc.), which might require extended periods of surveillance, 3 the use of the plain-clothes officer as agent provocateur need not necessitate long hours of duty (sometimes in cramped conditions) by men who may be needed elsewhere. In formal terms its success lies in the fact that it produces a high arrest rate over short periods of time, elicits ready confessions and guilty pleas, and meets with little resistance. 4

For the purpose of this study their importance is in the way in which these technologies work to produce a representation of the male genital body in its genital relations with other male bodies in the law. The chapter will explore how these technologies produce a homosexual of the law in a very specific way. This chapter will also explore the shape and form of these technologies of production. This objective will be pursued by way of a consideration of some of the problems encountered in the deployment of these technologies of production. The first problem that faces the police is that this particular kind of police observation is difficult to carry out successfully. Surveillance demands a certain invisibility. This chapter will explore the technology of policing that has been developed to meet the demands of invisibility in the ‘public space’ of a public toilet. The analysis will

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Part I - The Lexicon of the Law 19
  • 2 - Novelty as the Tradition of Law 21
  • 3 - Buggery 33
  • 4 - Making the Sense of Buggery 66
  • Part II - The Homosexual(ity) of Law 89
  • 5 - The Enigma of ‘homosexual Offences’ 91
  • 6 - Policing and the Production of the Homosexual(ity) of Law 118
  • 7 - The Somatic Techniques of Policing 134
  • 8 - The Uses of Homosexuality 169
  • 9 - Conclusions 197
  • Appendix of Cases 203
  • Notes 204
  • Bibliography 234
  • Index 244
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