A natural history of homosexuality

It’s considered common knowledge that homosexual conduct is not viewed in the best light in America. Primarily amongst Christians. We’ve heard all of the things Christians often have to say about gay and lesbian people. Everything from “It’s disgusting!”, “It’s an abomination!” down to “It’s just not right…” but we don’t really know why they say that do we? I mean, we assume it’s in their Bible like they are always saying it is…but do we really know anything about it? Do we just assume that the world around us just isn’t thinking quite as modern? Well, here’s the facts, and if you actually deny this you are just ignorant and that I know for sure. I will deem this one of the most important things I have ever written…

Dominating Sex

In ancient Greece it was very common that men practiced bisexuality. The Greeks viewed sex as a necessary task. As vital as food, or water. In fact, they used sex as a form of dominance. Greeks had a tendency to show how manly they were with their sex, it was meant to be enjoyable for the lesser of the two. So this sex often happened amongst middle aged men, and boys who now would be hardly of consensual age. These men were also allowed to be married, and to still have sex outside of their marriage. Because marriage to them was strictly for reproductive purposes. This was never thought of as strange because it was just a part of their culture, in fact, there wasn’t even a word for homosexuality at that time. It’s even noted in Plato’s works where a man is discussing having sex with another man, and he is talking about finding him attractive. This sexuality went beyond just a need for dominance but there was also much attraction, and enjoyment behind it. And lo, and behold, the first lesbian that has been recorded in history was also a Greek. To the Greeks sex was something you do to someone, so they used dominating words. Whereas here in America, dominating sexual words are frowned upon, words such as “getting laid”, or “fucking”. We say things such as “Let’s make love”, or “let’s have sex” not quite so dominating. It’s two very different cultures.

In Greece sex wasn’t even viewed as male/female. It was viewed as active/passive, aggressive/submissive. While we view it as gender, sex in Greece was viewed more across social status. Actually, Alexander The Great even preferred almost strictly men.

Highly viewed

Here in North America, and through parts of South America homosexuality was also respected, and even revered by some Native American groups. In the Berdache culture, some people were in fact even identified as the opposite sex if their characteristics were such. In most groups they were just identified as a third gender. If a women was able to do things a man could do, and do them well, and vice verse for a man then they were considered going through a “transformation” and they considered it a gift from god. They were very highly revered, and the women would take in wives. In fact, The Amazon did this so much that they were actually named after a group of Greek female warriors. This was noted throughout the America’s even as late as the 1950’s. Now the keypart to their society, is that they viewed men and women as equal. Different jobs, and tasks but of equal importance. They also valued the importance of sex. Thus they naturally accepted diversity in gender and sexual expression. When Western civilization hit America it drove the Native Americans to the far west.With their pressence the French, and English brought over influenza, measles, and smallpox. Killing about 90% of the Native American population. They claimed it was vengence for their “acts of sodomy.” But now where does that come from? Where does Western Civilizations views come from?

The Bible

Sumerians had male prostitutes that would wander throughout their churches, they considered sex the same as an animal sacrifice, and would do this as a gift to god. Manly Biblical passages that are interpreted by some to forbid homosexuality are thought to refer instead to these idolatrous practices. In the Bible, David, who was loved by god, and considered godly said to his friend Jonathan

“Your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.” – 2 Samuel 1:26

I find it surprising that people haven’t questioned this. Now here’s the thing, this is what tipped Western Civilization, and has brought our current state:

Men not to be in power

Several hundred years after the birth of Christ, the Europeans began making sexual laws (as Rome had become predominatly Christian, and Christianity was spreading through the world) as to what is right and moral. This was when homosexuality now came under the word sodomy. Because there was no word for it prior to this , because it was never really thought of. Even though it was happening all around, and people knew of it, no one thought too much about it one way or the other. It was simply there. It was then that they decided any form of sexuality that did not make reproduction, and enjoyed was “corrupt” and a “sin”. All acts that were considered sinful, began being called sodomy. That’s is how the word sodomy, came to describe homosexuality. After the Europeans decided any sex that did not reproduce, or was too enjoyable, this included: any form other than “missionary” position, oral sex, anal sex, same gender sex, masturbation, mutual masturbation, the “pull out” method, or Christians having sex with Jews, or white people having sex with black people. Anything not bringing forth children, or of pleasure.

Sodom in the Bible

In the Bible Sodom and Gamorah were two cities destroyed by god. “Sodomy” in these ancient writing was by no means simply “homosexuality”. It was masturbation, penile-oral penetration, anal intercourse between heterosexual partners, the “pull out” method, beastiality, all of it was lumped together as acts of sodomy. Strictly due to that lesser chance of conception.

So after that, all same sex relationships were “frowned” upon in Europe. But people weren’t severely punished. Why? Because one of the princes at the time, who had a hand in the writing of these events was having an affair with a man. Even Richard The Lionheart had an affair with a man, and spent the majority of his life with that man even though he was married.

The real reason we’ve learned to hate homosexuality…

Edward the II was also in love with a man. He even seperated from his wife, Isabella of Spain. Isabella moved on and married into French royality. It was said that Edward allowed his lovers to rule through him, and brought a lot of turmoil on England because of this. Isabella was extremely jealous of Edward’s lovers, and angered by her lack of say. When Isabella, and her new husband invaded England they found Edwards lover, and had him beheaded with his genitals cut off and thrown into a fire. Edward, she had killed by a red hot iron being inserted up his anus. After Edward’s murder, homosexuals soon began being completely tortured, and murdered all across England. That hate that they felt for Edward, the anger, was pushed upon people accused of  the same thing as him. It was what they blamed their problems on. When really, it was a bad ruler, and an angry, jelous, cheated on wife.

King Edward II

King Edward II

Conclusion

That is why homosexuality has become so hated. All due to a group of people deciding they knew what the Bible “really meant” and deciding sex was to be shunned. Also, due to a ruler who made wrong decisions and go figure, brought murder on everyone sharing that same thing in common with him, and torture, and hate to others years later. There were still countless other gay men, and lesbians, even in the castle in England after this event. New heterosexual sex positions, oral sex, and birth control are accepted now. We ask why? Because it’s the popular vote. There are millions of straight people in the world, and they all wanted to have sex in the ways they chose. All the while homosexuality is a minority. That is why the views of it have never changed. It’s the unpopular vote.


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