The Construction Of Homosexuality Written By David F. Greenberg

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The book I have chosen for analytical essay is The Construction of Homosexuality written by David F. Greenberg. To briefly summarize, it walks through a historical timeline of homosexuality and the way it was treated, perceived, and handled within different societies. From early Native American berdaches, Pakistani bedaghs, and Persian bardags, forms of homosexuality and homosexual relationships have always been present in many forms, whether it be transgenerational, transgenderal, or egalitarian. Homosexual acts and relationships that are referred to as transgenerational, are those with partners of disparate ages. In many cultures this was through the form of pederasty with an older male initiate, and a younger male recipient. Often times these practices were acts of a sexual nature in which the recipient was “gifted” with the initiates semen. In many cultures this was done as semen was believed to strengthen and mature those who received it. This would include cultures like the Kimam, Kuks, Tchetchai, and Etoro to name a few. They thought that if a man were to “give” all of his semen to his wife, she would become too strong and dominate him. Thus they saw solution in using younger males as outlets. This would nurture and strengthen them into adulthood, and the masculine overview of the tribe was maintained. However other tribes, such as the Sambia of New Guinea used the relationships to sever the bond between mother and son so that the boy would identify more emotionally…

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