Perspectives on Homosexuality

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Homosexuality has always played a huge role in society. Views on this topic have changed immensely from the beginning of the greece era to now in modern society. People have become more appalled with this topic because now in society there are stereotypical views on “normal” ways of living. Religious views have also impacted people's decisions and thoughts about it. It was said that in the Greek millenium “ .. male attachments are presented in an honorific light, through there were always some skeptics. But for many biographers, for man not to have had a male lover seems to have bespoken a lack of character or a deficiency in sensibility.” Homosexuality was accepted and even encouraged, it was seen as very manly and noble. Men would gain acceptance throughout their society if the were known to have been with a male lover. Many philosophers such as Plato, believed homosexuality was acceptable. He wrote that he understood other philosophers views on this topic but did not completely agree with their views. He himself was Gay which changed his philosophy about it, he would write from his perspective of it. In Greek society young men were encouraged to be with older men so they could learn from them, and then in the future could help guide other young men. This philosophy of guiding younger men was so that the society around them could appear as a stronger and well put together community. Like I said before, Each man in the relationship had a different role “The older man was called the erastes or lover. Ideally, it was his duty to be the boy’s teacher and protector and serve as a model of courage, virtue, and wisdom..” and then there was the younger man “.. eromenos, whose attraction lay in his beauty, his youth, and his promise... ... middle of paper ... ...n Duberman, and Martha Vicinus, eds. Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay & Lesbian past. New York: Penguin Group, 1990. Bronski, Michael. You Can’t Tell By Just Looking: And 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life And People: (CITY NEEDED): Beacon Press, 2013. Corvino, John. What’s Wrong With Homosexuality?: (CITY NEEDED): Oxford University Press, 2013. “Homosexual Eros In Ancient Greece.”(1989) . http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/pwh/greekeros.asp ( accesseed December 11 2013) “Most Say Homosexuality Should Be Accepted By Society.” Pew Research Center for The People And The Press.( May 13 2011) . http://www.people-press.org/2011/05/13/most-say-homosexuality-should-be-accepted-by-society/ (accessed December 11 2013) “Homosexuality.” Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy.(August 6 2002). http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/homosexuality/ (accessed December 11 2013)
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