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Male Homosexuality: Cultural Perspectives

  • J. Weeks
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Abstract

Anyone writing on homosexuality, especially male homosexuality, in the 1980s does so under the shadow of AIDS. This is not because it is a peculiarly “gay plague”, as the more scabrous of the popular press would have it; nor, on a world scale, are gay men the chief sufferers of the disease. As a newly recognised, and potentially devastating, phenomenon in the early 1980s AIDS would, moreover, have made a major impact wherever it came from and whoever were identified as its victims. Yet, it is surely undeniable that a major part of the symbolic power of AIDS stems from its association with a still stigmatised sexuality and an unpopular sexual minority in the industrialised countries of the “advanced” West. To that extent, AIDS and homosexuality are today intertwined in a difficult and complicated history.

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Genital Herpes Cultural Perspective Heterosexual Couple Male Homosexuality American Couple 
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