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Why do you think male homosexual behavior was so prominent among the Ancient Greeks?

Ok, so this is not really a "current event". But if people are born either gay, straight or bi-sexual and social conditions won't cause them to behave differently. Why did so many men of that civilization engage in sexual behavior with other men? Were there truly more gay or bi-sexual men back then? Greece was one of the few cultures where this was accepted and it became prevalent. Presuming that the sexual orientations of men at that time were no different than men now, what would cause this to have happened?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:20 PM on Jun. 30, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (24)
  • no video games? who the hell knows.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 12:23 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • lack of women!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:27 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • It was far less frowned upon in that time period. I doubt that it has anything to do with there being 'more' gay people then. It's more of a matter of the level of social, political, and religious acceptability.

    Answer by _Jynxx_ at 12:30 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • It was accepted, so it was seen far more often. It's not that the acceptance of it made it more likely to happen: it just meant that you were more likely to see it, because people didn't have to fear some sort of condemnation for acting on those urges/impulses/whatever you want to call it.

    Answer by _Jynxx_ at 12:32 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • It was more excepted in there culture..Gays didn't have to hide it. Like in other culture.


    Answer by louise2 at 12:34 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • lack of women!!!

    They were married - to women. Homosexuality was present in EVERY culture, not just Greek. Native Americans, Northern European, Roman, Chinese, Central Asia and Africa. And it's always been around, it's just for a thousand years or so it's been the subject of terrorism by religious zealotry.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:37 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • It was socially acceptable so people didn't have to hide. This GENETIC trait has existed since the being of time and culture decides if it is acceptable or not. In native american cultures it was considered a blessing to have a gay child because they would care for the parents and not have children of their own to care for...

    Maybe we should think of that now... as a blessing.

    Answer by Niki_sd at 12:37 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • It was most prominant in the Roman empire. Just before the fall.

    Answer by Carpy at 12:39 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • It could have been a lack of birth control, so they only had sex with the women when they wanted babies.

    Why is it so common among Iraqi men? Their culture believes that women are for procreation and men are for recreation.


    Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 12:43 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

  • So does that mean that if our society were as open about male same-sex behavior, we would see the same level of behavior now? Even among men who currently consider themselves straight?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 PM on Jun. 30, 2009

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