Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in by Bret Hinsch

By Bret Hinsch

the 1st particular remedy of the chinese language gay culture in any Western language, Passions of the lower Sleeve shatters preconceptions and stereotypes. long gone is identical to the sternly puritanical Confucian as sole consultant of chinese language sexual practices—and with it the justification for the trendy chinese language insistence that homosexuality is a up to date import from the decadent West. Rediscovering the male gay culture in China offers a startling new standpoint on chinese language society and provides richly to our knowing of homosexuality.

Bret Hinsch's reconstruction of the chinese language gay prior finds unforeseen scenes. An emperor on his deathbed turns over the seals of the empire to a male cherished; males marry one another with tricky marriage ceremony rituals; mom and dad promote their son into prostitution. The culture portrays males from all degrees of society—emperors, transvestite actors, rapists, based students, licentious clergymen, or even the anonymous poor.

Drawing from dynastic histories, erotic novels, renowned Buddhist tracts, love poetry, criminal instances, and funny story books, Passions of the reduce Sleeve conjures up the complicated and interesting male gay culture in China from the Bronze Age till its decline in fresh times.

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