Tag Archives: Being gay

The terms “homosexual” and “sexual orientation”

We need to be aware that the concepts “homosexual” and “sexual orientation” are modern, and perhaps Western. I don’t feel that recognizing this has anything to do with essentialism versus social construction. One is not arguing the fact that people … Continue reading

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Kai Wright’s “Drifting Toward Love”

Book Review Kai Wright, Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York Beacon Press, Boston, 2008 ISBN 978-0-8070-7968-3 This is an important book. Why would I — a dead, white male, a … Continue reading

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Socrates — running his hand through Phaedo’s hair

Plato’s Phaedo is one of the hardest dialogues for me to understand. The way some commentators present it seems uncompromisingly, patronizingly self-righteous. Yet, I think there are more humanistic ways to understand it.

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