John Mage on Sodomy
furuhashi.1 at SPAMosu.edu
Sat Dec 2 23:26:30 MST 2000
> Yoshie re-publishes John Mage's comments on the origin of Sodomy laws in
>England. There are some questions I have about this. First while the law
>may define sodomy at that point it doesn't really account for the variable
>nature of sexual practices from culture to culture. I believe Mine is
>referring to that in her comments about Pakistan.
It is important to grasp concrete differences between social
formations. I think that while same-sex practices may be widespread
and to a certain extent tolerated even despite official prohibitions
in Islamic cultures & societies such as Pakistan, I doubt that
homosexual _identities_ are widespread or tolerated in them.
Same-sex desires & activities have always existed throughout history,
but homosexuality as a label for a "category of individuals" is a
modern invention. As has been noted in this & related threads,
sodomy named acts; homosexuality names a category of individuals.
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