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Born to Be Gay: A History of Homosexuality (Revealing History) [Paperback]

Bill Naphy
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1 Mar 2006
There has long been an assumption in the West that views on sex and sexuality are basically similar worldwide. This has never been the case. Many ancient cultures actively promoted same-sex relationships as an integral part of adolescence or even worship. The rise of Judeo-Christian views forced homosexuality "underground, " leading to Henry VIII's 1533 ban on homosexuals and Oscar Wilde's imprisonment for sodomy. "Born to be Gay" takes a radical look at the history of homosexuality, from Bacchanalian orgies to Gay Pride.


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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752436945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752436944
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good prompt service 5 Nov 2013
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This book was slightly imperfect but the distributor's service was very good, prompt & satisfactory. The book itself is very informative & can be useful for my research. Thanks.
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If you are looking for a scientific discussion, this is not the book for you. If, however, you are interested in the History of Homosexuality and its place in societies and civilizations throughout the world and over roughly the last 3000 years, I highly recommend this book.

Not only does Professor Naphy illustrate this work with vivid examples of what was socially acceptable and what was not, but he answers and poses many a question.

A must-read for anyone remotely interested in the study of Homosexuality, from native Americans to the Roman Empire, via early Islam.
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2.0 out of 5 stars something in it? 17 July 2013
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You can tell that the author has been damaged by but is still captivated by Christianity. That he has to prove that it was the Christians who invented homophobia and that every other age and culture was fine with it, that he has to find some sort of cause for homosexuality rather than just accepting it as part of diversity, that there has to be some sort of damage done by dominating mothers and absent fathers (weren't most fathers `remote' until very recently?) - though one of our members, who is a psychotherapist, said, `there's something in it.'

When the Roman Empire officially became Christian, Constantine abolished recognition of gay marriages. Now that we are no longer Christian but multi-cultural, why should Christians continue to impose their morality on everyone else?

It was still necessary, in the Fourteenth Century, for Pierre de la Palude to write a compelling justification as to why priests should STOP blessing gay relationships

Many Africans say that homosexuality is an import from Western colonialism. If that is so, why are there records of woman/woman marriages, including bride-prices in these African cultures: Sotho, Koni, Tawana, Hurutshe, Pedi, Venda, Lovedu, Phalaborwa and Nareve Zulu, Kuria, iregi, Kenye, Suba, Simbiti, Ngoreme, Gusii, Kipsigis, Nandi, Kikuyu, Luo, Nuer, Dinka, Shilluk, Dahomean, Fon, Yoruba, Ibo, Ekiti, Bunu, Akoko, Yagba, Nupe, Ijaw, Nzemaa, Ganagana/Dibo?

The book is repetitive. There are also some glaring errors, e.g. the Great Schism in Fourteenth Century? The British Raj spelling of Mahommedan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars something in it? 17 July 2013
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You can tell that the author has been damaged by but is still captivated by Christianity. That he has to prove that it was the Christians who invented homophobia and that every other age and culture was fine with it, that he has to find some sort of cause for homosexuality rather than just accepting it as part of diversity, that there has to be some sort of damage done by dominating mothers and absent fathers (weren't most fathers `remote' until very recently?) - though one of our members, who is a psychotherapist, said, `there's something in it.'

When the Roman Empire officially became Christian, Constantine abolished recognition of gay marriages. Now that we are no longer Christian but multi-cultural, why should Christians continue to impose their morality on everyone else?

It was still necessary, in the Fourteenth Century, for Pierre de la Palude to write a compelling justification as to why priests should STOP blessing gay relationships

Many Africans say that homosexuality is an import from Western colonialism. If that is so, why are there records of woman/woman marriages, including bride-prices in these African cultures: Sotho, Koni, Tawana, Hurutshe, Pedi, Venda, Lovedu, Phalaborwa and Nareve Zulu, Kuria, iregi, Kenye, Suba, Simbiti, Ngoreme, Gusii, Kipsigis, Nandi, Kikuyu, Luo, Nuer, Dinka, Shilluk, Dahomean, Fon, Yoruba, Ibo, Ekiti, Bunu, Akoko, Yagba, Nupe, Ijaw, Nzemaa, Ganagana/Dibo?

The book is repetitive. There are also some glaring errors, e.g. the Great Schism in Fourteenth Century? The British Raj spelling of Mahommedan.
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