Telegony


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Telegony

 

the supposed influence of a male that previously mated with a female on her offspring resulting from subsequent matings with other males. The phenomenon of telegony was “discovered” in the first quarter of the 19th century. Genetic experiments carried out by many scientists in the late 19th century disproved the existence of telegony.

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Telegony was the idea that the qualities and traits of a primary male were passed on to succeeding offspring via the mother, despite impregnation by a second father.
But, under conditions of war, the debate over telegony expressed a host of hidden fears about the German invasion.
As in so many other aspects of this debate, telegony and racialist language also voiced the fear of French male impotence.