The origins and role of same-sex relations in human societies /

"In this work, the author challenges what some call the "heterosexual myth," arguing that human sexuality is not as absolute as prevalent thought suggests. Drawing on historic and current data, the book instead argues that, historically, human sexuality has been ambiguous, and that ve...

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Author / Creator: Neill, James, 1940-
Format: Book
Imprint: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2009]
Retention:Retained for Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust (EAST)
Online Access:Table of contents only
Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Introduction: The Heterosexual Myth
  • Part I. The Inheritance of Nature
  • 1. Against Nature? Homosexual Behavior in the Animal World
  • 2. The Nature People: Same-Sex Behavior Among Indigenous Peoples
  • 3. The Inheritance of Nature: The Ambisexual Harmony of Human Sexuality
  • Part II. Ambisexual Traditions in World Civilizations
  • 4. Same-Sex Behavior at the Dawn of Civilization
  • 5. Love Between Warriors: Homosexual Customs of the Early Indo-Europeans
  • 6. Greek Homosexuality: The Age of Heroes-Love-Inspired Valor
  • 7. Greek Homosexuality: Educational Homosexuality in Classical Greece
  • 8. Ambisexuality in Ancient Rome: Homosexual Customs in the Republic and Early Empire
  • 9. Ambisexuality in Ancient Rome: The Christianized Empire and the Foundations of Western Homophobia
  • 10. A Regal Love: The Ancient Traditions of Same-Sex Love in China
  • 11. Monks and Warriors: A Thousand Years of Noble Love in Japan
  • 12. Homosexual Love in the World of Islam
  • Part III. Sexual Neurosis in Western Society
  • 13. Medieval Europe: Sexual Tolerance in the Age of Chivalry
  • 14. Medieval Europe: The Propagation of Neurosis
  • 15. Authoritarian Religion versus Human Ambisexuality
  • 16. Nature Out of Balance: Sexual Neurosis in Modern Society
  • Chapter Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index