By E. Anderson
Drawing on hundreds and hundreds of interviews with 15-22 yr outdated immediately and homosexual male athletes in either the us and the uk, this publication explores how jocks have redefined heterosexuality, and now not worry being proposal homosexual for behaviors that restricted males of the former iteration.
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I frequently used Lincoln as an example of a gay man when lecturing on historically influential sexual minorities. When my students inevitably protested, I simply pointed out to them his four-year bed sharing. I added that Lincoln continued to share a bed with multiple other boys 42 Part I: 20th Century Jocks and men well into his years as a statesman. None of my students contested this evidence. To my male students of the mid-1990s, sharing a bed with another man as a permanent feature of one’s living arrangement served as indisputable evidence that one was gay.
Conversely, cities collected such quantities of people that gay social networks and even a gay identity could form. This coincided with a growing body of scholarly work from Westphal, Ulrichs, and Krafft-Ebing, early pioneers of the gay liberationist movement. These scholars sought to classify homosexual acts as belonging to a type of person; a third sex, an invert, or homosexual (Spencer 1995). From this, they could campaign for legal and social equality. Previously, there were less entrenched heterosexual or homosexual social identities.
Then, as the virus later took hold in the heterosexual community, the stigma it brought to those infected slowly began to wane, bringing a further emancipatory call for gays and lesbians. This is not to say that what was now known as HIV/AIDS was not (and is still not) overly-associated with homosexuality, or that it is not still stigmatized, but today we are at least more nuanced in our understanding that it is not caused by homosexuality. As this occurred, social attitudes began to change. The late 1990s and first decade of the new millennium have seen the political labor of feminist and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender identity politics come to fruition.
21st Century Jocks: Sporting Men and Contemporary Heterosexuality by E. Anderson