Men in Love: Male Homosexualities from Ganymede to Batman

Men in Love: Male Homosexualities from Ganymede to Batman

Men in Love: Male Homosexualities from Ganymede to Batman

Men in Love: Male Homosexualities from Ganymede to Batman

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In homosexuality, as in heterosexuality, there are all shades and degrees:
from Platonic love to lust, from self-denial to sadism; from healthy joy
to moroseness […] And between exclusive homosexuality and exclusive
heterosexuality, there is every intermediate shade.
ANDRÉ GIDE, Corydon

Homosexuality is a barbarously hybrid term, and I claim no responsibil
ity for it.

HAVELOCK ELLIS, Studies in the Psychology of sex

In our attempts to explain sexuality, we in the modern era have come to rely on models of a biological or psychological nature. However, in using such models to classify and interpret human behavior, we risk losing contact with those images and myths about sexuality that constitute its poetic base. My focus in this book will be on but one aspect of sexuality, male homosexuality, and as a complement to the sociological and scientific studies we already have, I will be paying special attention to the universe of personal and collective fantasies and myths attached to this form of sexuality. For this reason, the reader will find herein far more references to literature, to the arts, and to collective imagery than to psychoanalysis or the social sciences.

Jung was uneasy when certain people, “believing in the virtue of words” solicited from him formulations of specific diagnoses, though . . .

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