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Stonewall goes Spanish in the Summer of 77

A refection on the queering of global American soft power in 1977 Spain.

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Hellenic Embodied Honour (Pride month Entry #4)

Muscle and definition were  not only beautiful to the eye but also reflected on the moral character of the person. Respectability  took on several dimensions for all men in ancient Greece. The interior life – emotions, ideas, religious positions – and their reflection through the body combined to form an elaborate understanding of honor.  Shame, by extension, […]

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Achilles and Patroclus: Love, Pride and Honor (Pride Month #3)

It’s a question that has been asked thousands of times over the centuries: were they  lovers or not?   Or, just really good friends. The two heroes of the Trojan War are depicted in the Illiad as sharing a deep bond. Theirs was an unprecedented mythologised  account of a deeply emotional adult male relationship in ancient […]

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Feminisation & Shame in Ancient Greece (Pride Month Entry 2)

  In ancient Greece, shame did not consist in merely engaging in same-sex love and sexuality. It lied in being feminised. It was the fact of being made a woman that was perceived to bring dishonour. Roisman’s (2011) « Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander: The Evidence « comments on this link between feminisation and shame . […]

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Intro: Pride v Shame in the Archaic Hellenic World (Pride month Entry 1)

  This blog will be peppered with scattered thoughts on the notions of pride and shame over this LGBT  Pride month of June. It will explore these as they relate to same-sex love and sexuality between men: In recent decades the gay liberation movement, which began in the US and was adapted on the other side of […]

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Revisiting the ‘Americanization of the Homosexual’: The Case of Berlin

Contemporary ‘gayness’ has been (arguably) constructed through the production of cultural goods that re-present ‘gay life’ and inform gay males’ self-understanding. ‘Authenticity’ modes of embodying gay identity, litmus tests that determine what represents legitimate ‘gayness’  are arguably filtered through media, artistic, intellectual, and other cultural goods that authenticate recognisable markers of gay maleness. The cultural construction of  urban gay […]

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Queer Questions about Jamestown

Richard William Cornish presents a queer (awkward and otherwise) episode among several heroic tales of perseverance, valor, ambition,  and tenacity associated to the Jamestown Colony. Richard William Cornish, master of the ship Ambrose was executed in 1624 for the ‘ crime’ of having abused his position of power to lure William Cowse into bed. It is a bawdy incident […]

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#Je Suis Charlie

It is a dark day in France and much of Paris is in a state of high alert. There is a visible military and army presence. More so, circumstances demand reflection on the key issues at stake, among them citizenship, religion, and  the French republican values – liberté, égalité, fraternité. These are values that were spread, and […]

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