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    • christoph
    • 07.01.11 | 11:51 (IST)

    No need to mention the stance of the monotheist religions on gay sex. To this may add: 1. Ethical elements coming from ancient Rome and their distribution through the empire, according to which elements it is stigmatising for a man to adopt certain roles. In Rome, it was fully accepted to be the penetrating partner regardless of the partner, as the "top" position was reputated as powerful and manly, while it was unmanly to be penetrated. (See for example: Géraldine Puccini-Delbey: "La vie sexuelle à Rome"). That it is unethical for a man to adopt traditionally "female" roles, we also know from the film Yossi & Jagger, when Jagger pulls out his transistor radio, sings and dances and Yossi says something like "You're such a fag." 2. The second remark concerns the PHYSICAL creation of sex-dichotomy according to cultural norms. Recently I heard a conference from a young biologist (a bit younger than me at least): Heinz-Jürgen Voss about deconstruction of gender from a biological point of view. To briefly sum it up: We know that most persons have either chromosomal combination XX or XY and these must be responsible for the whole development: ovaries, testicles, uterus, penis, clitoris... But the genes on the X-chromosome also interfere in the development of what we believe to be the "male" body and he suggested that differing nuances in gene expression can lead to a wide variety of body forms including individuals who have organs which in the majority are distributed to an either-or-scheme. It is not at all a new in history that a continuum is known in the occurrance of genital organs. But since the social and sometimes even legal norms insist on two sexes, there is chirurgical intervention to artificially create what is called an "acceptable clitoris" below a certain length or to leave an "acceptable penis" above a certain length. And we can look forward: As neurological research advances, maybe the surgeons will be able to replace or cut away directly at our birth the wrong parts in our brains which are responsible for our attraction to people who have a similar set of organs.

    from the article: New study sheds light on coming-out in Israeli society
    First published 01:25 07.01.11 | Last updated 01:25 07.01.11
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