While the old saying "sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me" is characteristic of children's play, in the adult world, unfortunately, names frequently do more damage than sticks and stones. In this connection, it is worth exploring certain psychoanalytic terms that not only have pejorative connotations but are also of doubtful validity either as descriptive or explanatory terms. The term "latent homosexuality," which has come into prominence since the contributions of Sigmund Freud, falls into this category. It grows directly out of the bisexual theory of sexual development, a theory that was prevalent during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
In recent years, biologists and sexologists have emphatically denied that this theory has any validity. In the face of this denial and the growing confusion about the definition and limitations of what constitutes overt homosexuality, it is essential that the concept be examined in a fresh light, free from preconceptions and prejudices. The necessity for such a re-examination has been