Male Homosexuality: Cultural Perspectives

  • J. Weeks
Part of the The Bloomsbury Series in Clinical Science book series (BLOOMSBURY)


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.


Genital Herpes Cultural Perspective Heterosexual Couple Male Homosexuality American Couple 
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