Anal sex, the heteronormative fantasm against heretical love

I recently read an interesting study by Andrew Calimach on the ancient Greek custom of pederasty, the pedagogical and erotic relation between an adult man and an adolescent boy: Pinning Anal Sex on the Greeks — A Millennial Slur. He starts with an ancient libel: Europe’s Judeo-Christian civilization has constantly, under the label of “sodomy”, identified pederasty with anal sex; more specifically it was always pretended that the adult erastes sodomized his young eromenos. He explains that as much as they extolled the love of boys, the Greeks felt an utter contempt for anal sex, which they considered as “hubris”, an abuse of the worst kind. European scholars did not understand this, they interpreted Greek texts reviling anal sex as condemnations of homosexuality, so when one author wrote one text praising boy-love then another one condemning boy’s abuse (anal sex), they though that he had changed his mind (and guess which one of the two was considered wiser). CONTINUE READING…

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