a religious term to depict male anal same-sex activity as a deviant and sinful act (Bronski, xvi). Eventually, sodomite was incorporated in sodomy laws to make homosexual same-sex activity illegal.
sexology is the scientific study study of human sexual desire that provides language for conceptualizing sexuality, desire, pleasure, and sexual relationships (Bronski, 95).
molly is a term that was used in the 18th century to describe gender deviant gay men in Great Britain (Bronski, xvi).
a sexological theory that explains the result of same-sex desire is from a person’s reversed “physical, emotional, or psychological” gender (Bronski, 95).
Theories of inversion proposed the idea about a “third sex” or “invert,” and thus manifested stereotypes towards “the mannish lesbian and the effeminate homosexual” (Bronski, 96).
catamite is a term that was used negatively in Greek mythology to reference boy lovers that served wine to Zesus (Bronski, xvi).
Sexuality is a historical and theoretical identity category, expressed similarly and differently, throughout sexual systems within particular moments of time.
Sexuality is not a natural fact, rather a cultural and historical production that is imposed onto the body according to ideological discourse (Halperin, 416).
Sexuality is “what we find erotic and how we take pleasure in our bodies” (Stryker, 16).
Sexuality is an endless intersecting “constellation of factors” that culturally inform people their understanding about sexual intimacy, desires, and activity. Bronski uses the terminology of sexuality to connect the past with the present, in order to comprehend the relationship between both (Bronski, xviii).