Originally posted by Now_Then
I've always thought that homosexuality is very closely linked to how established any given society is. Take an Iron age civilisation for instance,
strong family units are vital, gender roles would be much more clear cut and there fore levels of homosexuality would be lower.
Compare that to say the Romans of the Greeks, people are living in cities, much more free time to indulge the mind and reflect on ones self so those
that would develop gay tendencies are much freer to do so.
Just a personal opinion, of course that doesn't take into account things like religion and specific culture traits.
Maybe there is a disorder where people take considerable time and effort out of there own lives to judge others different to them selves - that's
Again, you're working with a modern concept that didn't exist thousands of years ago.
In our modern times even the slightest sexual encounter between two persons of the same gender is described as "gay". But this isn't the case.
I'll try to state the case without any potentially uncomfortable language...
Think of the most basic sexual act you can do.
If two men were to do this in close proximity, it is deemed as a gay act.
But this act can and is practiced between men (of every modern sexual label) for various reasons including competition, comparison, bonding, and even
just for socializing! It happens more than people are willing to accept and more than modern society would ever discuss.
Those involved do not believe it to be a sexual act, it doesn't "make them gay".
Another example is porn. Why is it that the vast majority of heterosexual adult material includes very masculine and attractive MEN, and why is it
that male viewers usually focus on the "grand finale"?
If they are all 100% heterosexual men (as asserted though modern social labels) surely the only adult material they would be interested in involves
solely women? And they certainly shouldn't be focusing on what the male does at the end should they?
This supports the idea further that male sexuality is far more complex than the three modern labels of gay, bi and hetero would have us all believe.
And it is driven by various emotions, fetishes, desires, competition, comparison and male aggression.
It is nowhere near as simple as stating "if you do this you're gay", that's not relevant to Human desire, not matched by Human psychology and
certainly not supported by what men do and enjoy sexually.
Give up the modern labels, and look at male sexuality.
We have created these labels in an effort to contain and describe thousands of varying degrees of sexuality.
We would all be far better off if we left the labels behind and just did what we wanted with other consenting adults.