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The Construction of Homosexuality

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"At various times, homosexuality has been considered the noblest of loves, a horrible sin, a psychological condition or grounds for torture and execution. David F. Greenberg's careful, encyclopedic and important new book argues that homosexuality is only deviant because society has constructed, or defined, it as deviant. The book takes us over vast terrains of example and ...more
Paperback, 645 pages
Published August 15th 1990 by University Of Chicago Press (first published December 9th 1988)
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David
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Gay people
Recommended to David by: An anti-gay bigot who clearly hadn't read it but lazily relied on another anti-gay bigot's faulty synopsis.
I found this book on my partner’s bookshelf, having been prompted to read it by a Facebook exchange with an anti-gay bigot who posited the author, David F. Greenberg, as an ally of his, in that Greenberg purportedly argued that homosexuals choose to be that way, rather than being born that way.

I was bemused, therefore, to start reading and discover immediately that this book is not about homosexuals per se. Whether a “homosexual” is born or bred homosexual is mostly peripheral to Greenberg’s arg
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