The valorization of homosexuality and pederasty
by virtue of a spiritual and creative renaissance also challenges its negative image.
This age difference would have been noticeable on the stage, and so there is a possible warning there for the students against having too close of an attachment to an older man as that relationship could result in pederasty
or an abuse of power.
When it comes down to actual homosexual intercourse, however, what is mostly going on in the ancient world is pederasty
, abuse of slaves, and prostitution.
Thus, despite some scholars' claims (Otis 1970 and Makowski 1996), pederasty
is never characterized in the Metamorphoses, or elsewhere, as either unnatural or unconventional.
These European stereotypes included sexual practices such as sodomy and pederasty
, and there are subtle allusions to these two acts in the plays.
For example, both classical Athenians and Hellenistic authors find pederasty
Defending his views on Morning Ireland, he was asked about the distinction between pederasty
, which he "appeared to support" and paedophilia.
103) Slavery and pederasty
go together because both proceed from the same disordered desire to transgress natural interpersonal relations--a characteristically democratic desire.
The technical name for this kind of act is ephebophilia, but many would call it pederasty
or even homosexuality.
The love of young boys is not a phenomenon restricted to Afghanistan; homosexual pederasty
is common in neighboring Pakistan, too.
Not so in GLBT studies, where there's no consensus on whether an institution such as ancient Greek pederasty
was an instance of "homosexuality" in our sense or something else altogether.
Nassaar in Into the Demon Universe: A Literary Exploration of Oscar Wilde (1974); Gary Schmidgall in The Stranger Wilde: Interpreting Oscar (1994); John Charles Duffy in "Gay Related Themes in the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde" (2001); and Naomi Wood's "A Child's Garden of Decadence: Paterian Aesthetics, Pederasty
, and Oscar's Wilde's Fairy Tales" (2004), before treating in detail the historical problems in Ireland and then showing how those problems are obliquely presented through Wilde's stories.