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Born to be Gay: A History of Homosexuality
     

Born to be Gay: A History of Homosexuality

by William Naphy
 

ISBN-10: 0752429175

ISBN-13: 9780752429175

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Tempus Publishing, Limited

Homosexuality has always been present in society. William Naphy's book dramatically highlights the positive attitudes of bygone generations and cultures, as opposed to nineteenthcentury views of the "disease" of homosexuality. There has long been an assumption in the West that views on sex and sexuality are basically similar worldwide. This has never been the case.

Overview

Homosexuality has always been present in society. William Naphy's book dramatically highlights the positive attitudes of bygone generations and cultures, as opposed to nineteenthcentury views of the "disease" of homosexuality. There has long been an assumption in the West that views on sex and sexuality are basically similar worldwide. This has never been the case. Many ancient cultures actively promoted same-sex relationships as an integral part of adolescence or even worship. The rise of Judeo-Christian views forced homosexuality "underground", leading to Henry VIII's 1533 ban on homosexuals and Oscar Wilde's imprisonment for sodomy. Born to be Gay takes a radical look at the history of homosexuality, from Bacchanalian orgies to "Gay Pride".

William Naphy is Senior Lecturer and Head of History at the University of Aberdeen. His other books include Plague and Sex Crimes, both published by Tempus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752429175
Publisher:
Tempus Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements6
Prologue: Putting People in Pigeonholes7
1Before Sodom and Gomorrah (pre-1300 BCE): 'Joined in life, joined in death'15
2The Birth of Homophobia (1300-100 BCE): 'They must be put to death'31
3Classical Civilisations and the Birth of Christianity (100 BCE-600 CE): 'Every woman's husband and every man's wife'46
4Closing Minds (600 CE-1550): 'The Amir wants to see what I look like when I'm sodomised'82
5Spreading Christian 'Values' (1550-1800): 'Because the White people thought it was evil'128
6Colonising Minds (1800-2000): 'They had grown from childhood in their own natural way'194
Conclusion: Rediscovering Diversity267
Bibliography270
List of Illustrations282
Index287

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