Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Male Bonding vs Homosexual Behavior

A quote from Hall stands out as particularly well-fitting for use of analyzing the gay content on Brokeback. "A wide range of attachments," it says, "friendships, bonding, and other interpersonal connections may be analyzed by examining a given culture's treatment of same-sex-desiring couples." It was incredibly confusing to hear the two cowboys ensure each other the morning after their first romp together, "I'm not queer." According to them, their interpersonal connection did not classify as "queer behavior"; or, there are homosexual acts that do not neccessarily translate into homosexuality. I'm not exactly sure what they were thinking, though. There seems a definite line, at least in the culture I've been a part of, between male bonding as between fishing buddies or even athletes on sports teams, and homosexual acts.

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