Paul Rosenberg – Once upon a time gay people… homosexuals… were shunned, punished, and even beaten by the police. Horrible things to be sure, but they happened quite a lot.
Likewise women were locked into societal roles. If you wanted to be a housewife, that was fine, but most any other avenue was closed to you, or at least barricaded fairly well. That’s awfully nasty too, but it also happened a lot and for a long time.
And just to be clear, you should understand that everything above was either prescribed by law or tacitly accepted by “the law of the land.”
These things and things like them were what we can call “compulsory sexual ethics.” Unfortunately, they are to be found all through human history. And they are always wrong, for the simple reason that we’re not all the same. (And because no one has a right to tell us how to live.) Continue reading “Compulsory Sexual Ethics, In Reverse”