The invention of ‘heterosexuality’
A century ago, people had a very different idea of what it means to be heterosexual. Understanding that shift in thinking can tell us a lot about fluid sexual identities today.
By Brandon Ambrosino

It is time to quote this one again:

The 1901 Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defined heterosexuality as an “abnormal or perverted appetite toward the opposite sex.” More than two decades later, in 1923, Merriam Webster’s dictionary similarly defined it as “morbid sexual passion for one of the opposite sex.” It wasn’t until 1934 that heterosexuality was graced with the meaning we’re familiar with today: “manifestation of sexual passion for one of the opposite sex; normal sexuality.”

Yepp, heterosexuality – in the sense of a biologically defined sexual orientation –  is a pretty new invention. Women had sex with men also before the invention of the concept, obviously, but in previous epochs people did not believe heterosexuality was a kind of natural and biological default. Instead they defined “good” and “bad” on the basis of religious and secular laws.

Doctors started using current version of the word heterosexuality (as in “normal”), after they had coined the term homosexual. Indeed, the word heterosexual was a way to describe those who were not homosexual, in the same way we now call non-transgender people cisgender. 

More here.

(I also recommend the book The Invention of Heterosexuality, by Jonathan Ned Katz.)


Lesbian teens crowned prom king and queen

Brie Grimes (17) and Lindsey Creel (18) were voted prom king and queen Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Thet praise the school for creating a gay-straight alliance.

The Daily Mail writes:

‘I knew I had feelings for her but everything was so hard because I didn’t know how everyone would react and I was scared of how I would be treated and how my family would react,’ Brie says.

'Lindsey and I talked about it and from that conversation I knew I was at home when I was with her and that I couldn’t let her go.’ […]

Brie said: 'Prom night was so much fun - we literally danced the night away.‘ […]

The couple celebrated their three year anniversary in February.

Read more!

NIGHT TERRORS is live on Kindle! 

Ten years ago, a hole opened up in the sky over Greenwich, England, right along the Prime Meridian, and subsequently preteens and teenagers have been developing abilities - mediumship, levitation, pyrokinesis, you name it. Adeline works at a clinic founded by her mentor’s mentor specifically for these children, to guide families into the world of the extranatural that they’ve secretly inhabited for generations.

Now, people are getting snatched out of their sleep and into Limbo, where the dead reside. A new trick, with a familiar face. Adeline has to learn to reach out for the strength to protect the people around her. All while negotiating her new relationship with Josh, trying to find where they’re compatible and where they’re not. 

Remember that queer history is global. There is not one country in the world that has no queer community and no queer history. No matter what the laws may be queer people have always existed and we have always made history and never let anyone tell you differently.

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