Homosexual Designation as a Cause of Homophobia

BY LUE-YEE TSANG

[Adapted from Cogito, Credo, Petam]

In contemporary American society, cheek-kissing between men is mostly taboo; in the Southern Cone countries (especially Argentina and Uruguay), it’s unremarkable. This raises larger questions about the affection that society allows men to show. Intimacy often brings up associations with homosexuality in North America and northern Europe, and so many people interpret the relationship between David and Jonathan in the Bible – and likewise, in John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, the relationship between Gene and Finny – as a homosexual relationship. Such automatic designations, I maintain, are unhelpful and even homophobic. Continue reading “Homosexual Designation as a Cause of Homophobia”