Men have been having sex since the dawn of time. And no, I don’t mean with women, I mean with other men. Dispute this all you want, make claims of biblical proportions, but it is a well-documented fact that man-on-man sex is not new. However, sexual identifiers (i.e. gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, etc.,) are:
These terms are all rather modern when compared with the number of years that homo sapiens have been mating, without labels, with one another. So why have the more recent generations found a need to compartmentalise into neat, tidy little boxes, those who are anything other than heterosexual?
For the most part, it is to connect with a community of people who are empathetic and understanding of each other. But, when it comes to the long practised tradition of straight men having sex with other men, there seems to be a lot of debate. For the purpose of this article, we will not refer to these men as anything other than straight, and will not use quotations as it goes against their sexual identity, which will be respected.
Part of the reason for this debate is the narrow box that American society and culture places on men and how they have sex. Any deviation from what is perceived as normal is what people tend to use as a means for judging a man’s sexual identity. This, however, hasn’t always been the case. It has been widely documented that ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans were no strangers to male-on-male sex. Not only were gay relationships common, but so was sex between two straight men. Often times sex between men would be used as a way to gain political power, advance in society, or as a means to develop stronger bonds among warriors.
Still, some would ask how can they be straight if they are having sex — and I don’t mean just intercourse, I am counting everything from a hand job to tossing salad and beyond — with other men?
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