homosocial

describes a social construct of communities that allowed companionship and eroticism to flourish within same-sex cultures.

Homosocial communities emerged during the 18th century around the American Revolutionary War era as it created environments that fostered, accepted, and praised intimate or romantic same-sex friendships. Homosocial communities arose out of the notion of egalitarianism, nationalism, brotherhood, and rational love that contributed to the value and importance of same-sex friendships.  See romantic friendships.

(Bronski, 32)

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