But if we expect this rhetorical question to be heading for a critique of 'sodomitic
' moments in the text, we will be disappointed; he explains the 'widrige Wirkung' as something quite different: 'Wir glauben zuweilen nicht zwey fur einander brennende Herzen, sondern zwey kaltblutige Leute zu horen, die sich heiser geschryen [sic], and sich in frostigen Hyperbeln and leeren Ausrufungen erschopfen' (p.
The negative attitude towards homosexual or sodomitic
acts reaches back to the earliest days of organized Christianity.
Hutcheson asserts that in medieval Spain, the figure of the sodomitic
Moor was developed by Christians as a deviant figure against whom to define themselves.
Were he alive now, he would be glorying in his sodomitic
addiction, and would be cheered to the rafters by neoconservatives (of whom, more afterwards) who should know better.
The Boston chancery was following precedents already well-established in the Middle Ages, when sodomitic
priests caught with boys or young men were exiled from the city or diocese of their crime.
In early eighteenth-century Zacatecas and in the province of Texas, there were still many berdaches who as usual accompanied the tribal warriors to battle not to fight--berdaches almost never carried the arms of men--but, as "women of the men of war," to perform the duties that women did at home, including, of course, "their sodomitic
excesses" (sus nefandos escesos) with those warriors.
Angry critics on the right scorn them for sending the signal that homosexuality is just another legit "lifestyle choice" in today's sodomitic
smorgasbord of cultural decline.
It is unclear whether the clause confers upon the individual the "liberty" to engage in sodomitic
sex acts, unburdened by state anti-sodomy laws criminalizing such behaviour, or a right to marry someone of the same sex free of laws forbidding such unions.
Margreta de Grazia discusses the revitalization, by print, of the ancient signet/wax trope signifying "both processes of conception: the having of thoughts and the having of children" (70); imaginatively ringing many changes upon this trope, she observes that "counterfeit coining, like usury, is frequently associated with sodomitic
sex" (79) and that "letters could themselves be quite sexy, as they are in sixteenth-century embodied alphabets in which the body of the letter is represented by lusty human bodies in seductive poses and erotic positions" (87)--a far cry, one cannot help thinking, from the way children are wooed to love letters on Sesame Street.