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“An Age of Sexual Ambiguity”: Homosexuality and National Character in the Postwar United States

Miriam G. Reumann

in American Sexual Character: Sex, Gender, and National Identity in the Kinsey Reports

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238350
eISBN:
9780520930049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238350.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

One of the biggest surprises of sexual behavior was how many American men had had sex with other men. Kinsey found that nearly 40 percent of his male subjects had experienced homosexual sex “to the ... More


Sexual Offenses

Jonathan Burnside

in God, Justice, and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199759217
eISBN:
9780199827084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759217.003.0011
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

This chapter focuses on Leviticus 20, which considers a range of sexual behaviors, including rape, adultery, incest, homosexual sex, and bestiality. It argues that biblical law does not have a ... More


Queer Individuals: Their Nature and Nurture

Peter Hegarty

in Gentlemen’s Disagreement: Alfred Kinsey, Lewis Terman, and the Sexual Politics of Smart Men

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226024448
eISBN:
9780226024615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226024615.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines Lewis Terman’s silence on Alfred Kinsey’s findings about the frequency with which adult men reported homosexual sex in his review of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (SBHM). It ... More


Not Gay: Sex between Straight White Men

Jane Ward

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479860685
eISBN:
9781479835782
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479860685.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

A straight white girl can kiss a girl, like it, and still call herself straight—her boyfriend may even encourage her. But can straight white guys experience the same easy sexual fluidity? This book ... More


Neighborhoods as Sex Markets

Jenna Mahay and Edward O. Laumann

in The Sexual Organization of the City

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226470313
eISBN:
9780226470337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226470337.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter describes the organization of four sex markets in Chicago. It characterizes sex markets as the spatially and culturally bounded arenas in which searches for sex partners and a variety of ... More


Sex in the Talmud: How to Understand Leviticus 18 and 20: Parashat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1–20:27)

David Brodsky

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0030
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter argues that the rules against homosexual sex in the readings of Parashat Kedoshim of Leviticus have been mischaracterized as a prohibition against homosexuality. In a 1992 responsum on ... More


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