For many ancient cultures, it is not. Even to the point of allowing that what we would consider homosexuality today, is not really homosexuality, because love is not involved.
The study, obtained by Fox News, found that Pashtun men commonly have sex with other men, admire other men physically, have sexual relationships with boys and shun women both socially and sexually — yet they completely reject the label of “homosexual.” The research was conducted as part of a longstanding effort to better understand Afghan culture and improve Western interaction with the local people.
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We know from ancient sources that such acts where not considered homosexuality (perhaps, first of all, because they really didn’t have a concept of sexuality to begin with). Today, in the remnants of antiquity, we find much the same attitudes.
So, I guess my question is, can sex be separated from love, should it? And how does this play into our discussions on homosexuality, dominance between men and women, and our changing views of love and the beloved?