"the (unnatural) trade", 1728

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Aug 13 20:43:07 UTC 2010

At 8/13/2010 03:36 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>The lyrics alone render doubtful the professorially popular Cultural
>Theorist claim that "homosexuality" is a construct of the late 19th C.  But
>perhaps I'm simplifying.

That (rendering doubtful) is I think Rictor Norton's thesis, although
even having read his entire book I'm not sure.  (I assume we're not
talking about the word "homosexuality"; that I imagine everyone
agrees *is* a late 19th century construct.)


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