28) When homosexual relationships between young boys and older men play a part in the novels, then, the classical Greek ideal of consensual, mutually beneficial, educational and non-commercial pederasty
is preserved, or at least the characters pretend to abide by it.
A "non-taxative" list of such behaviors included "driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, rape, pederasty
, exhibitionism, voyeurism, homosexuality, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, impregnation of a woman or being impregnated outside wedlock whether a consenting adult or not, sexual harassment, embezzlement of funds, and the like.
We needn't dwell on the fact that, as he says, "[t]he sexuality in Pale Fire happens to be pederasty
," since "it merely takes the proper positioning of a mirror to translate this into the perversion of Humbert Humbert, or the potentialities inherent in all sexual practice or fantasy" (34).
The document offered a "non-exhaustive or non-taxative list of examples" of forbidden conduct, including: "Driving under the influence of alcohol or drags, rape, pederasty
, exhibitionism, voyeurism, homosexuality, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, impregnation of a woman or being impregnated outside wedlock whether a consenting adult or not, sexual harassment, embezzlement of funds and the like.
After a chapter on homosexuality outside France in which he ridicules Magnus Hirschfeld's fight for gay rights in Germany and asserts that "all of Asia is tainted with pederasty
," the author turns his coruscating gaze on France, which he also finds to be flying "homosexuality's scabrous banners.
One classmate won't make it for sure: He's in the state prison for pederasty
and threatening to kill a witness.
Both Mader and Jennings & Liew credit Horner with being the first theologian (at least in the English language) to suggest that the Centurion and his "boy," whom Jesus cured from near death, is a text about pederasty
, although Horner does not attempt an analysis of the text himself.
What University of Manchester scholar Hal Gladfelder discovered was not the work itself, but instead a legal indictment of the printer of a book called "Ancient and Modern Pederasty
Investigated and Exemplify'd.
Having undergone a long and tortuous evolution in the Platonic Academy and among the early Stoics, conceptions of pederasty
changed further when Panaetius and Posidonius introduced Stoicism to the Romans.
But beyond all this, Vern fought for better recognition of homosexuals in history books and maintained that pederasty
, or intergenerational sex, was historically common.
Thus, in Greco-Roman culture, Orpheus was an ambivalent figure, for alongside stories of his musical charms there was a longstanding tradition associating him with pederasty
Since then, in a bid to gain approval from the straight establishment, uptight gays and lesbians have sought strenuously to distance themselves from the taboos commonly known as the five P's: prostitution (the "boys" and their johns), promiscuity, pederasty
(not a crime per se and confused with pedophilia), paraphernalia (such as whips, dildos, and contrabands), and pornography.