Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Today in History: The Invention of "Homosexuality"

One hundred and forty years ago today, on May 6, 1868, the word "homosexuality" was coined by Hungarian gay-rights advocate Karl-Maria Kertbeny in a letter he wrote to the German gay-rights advocate Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (who had coined the term "urning" to refer to a "male-bodied person with a female psyche," who is sexually attracted to men).

Read the history of the invention of “homosexuality” on Jim Burroway’s Box Turtle Bulletin

In the words of historian/philosopher Michel Foucault:
"Homosexuality appeared as one of the forms of sexuality when it was transposed from the practice of sodomy onto a kind of interior androgyny, a hermaphrodism of the soul. THE SODOMITE HAD BEEN A TEMPORARY ABERRATION; THE HOMOSEXUAL WAS NOW A SPECIES." (History of Sexuality, Vol. 1)

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