Same Sex, Different Cultures: Exploring Gay And Lesbian Lives by Gilbert H HerdtSame Sex, Different Cultures: Exploring Gay And Lesbian Lives by Gilbert H Herdt

Same Sex, Different Cultures: Exploring Gay And Lesbian Lives

byGilbert H Herdt

Paperback | April 24, 1998

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Because homoerotic relations can be found in so many cultures, Gilbert Herdt argues that we should think of these relations as part of the human condition. This new cross-cultural study of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals around the world, Same Sex, Different Cultures provides a unique perspective on maturing and living within societies, both historical and contemporary, that not only acknowledge but also incorporate same-gender desires and relations.Examining what it means to organize ?sex? in a society that lacks a category for ?sex,? or to love someone of the same gender when society does not have a ?homosexual? or ?gay/lesbian? role, Herdt provides provocative new insights in our understanding of gay and lesbians lives. Accurate in both its scientific conceptions and wealth of cultural and historical material, examples range from the ancient Greeks and feudal China and Japan to the developing countries of Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, and Thailand, from a New Guinea society to contemporary U.S. culture, including Native Americans. For all of these peoples, homoerotic relations emerge as part of culture?and not separate from history or society.In many of these groups, loving or engaging in sexual relations is found to be the very basis of the local cultural theory of ?human nature? and the mythological basis for the cosmos and the creation of society. The mistake of modern Western culture, Gilbert contends, is to continue the legalization of prejudice against lesbians and gays.In this light, the book addresses the issue of ?universal? versus particular practices and reveals positive role models that embrace all aspects of human sexuality. Finally, it offers knowledge of the existence of persons who have loved and have been intimate sexually and romantically with the same gender in other lands through divergent cultural practices and social roles.The most important lesson to learn from this cross-cultural and historical study of homosexuality is that there is room for many at the table of humankind.
Gilbert Herdt is professor of human sexuality, professor of anthropology, and director of Human Sexuality Studies Programs at San Francisco State University. He is the author of numerous articles and fifteen books, including Guardians of the Flutes: Idioms of Masculinity and Sambia: Ritual and Gender in New Guinea, and coauthor of Chil...
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Title:Same Sex, Different Cultures: Exploring Gay And Lesbian LivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.52 inPublished:April 24, 1998Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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ISBN - 10:0813331641

ISBN - 13:9780813331645

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In a definitive account of gay and lesbian practices across ancient and contemporary cultures, within tribal, developing, and modern societies, author Gilbert Herdt reveals a diversity of sexuality and sexual practices that erases the lines between gay and straight love. Herdt shows that what we view as specifically gay and lesbian practice is treated as a natural expression of human nature in many other cultures.