Re: Lionel Tiger

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Date: Mon Feb 11 2002 - 03:04:51 GMT

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    On Sun, 10 Feb 2002 21:29:51 Kenneth Van Oost wrote: > >----- Original Message ----- >From: Steve Drew <> >I also read in a magazine many years ago that homosexuality was tolerated in >a number of African societies, as it reduced the tensions in young males due >to the lack of female partners in polygamous societies. (see earlier lists >re: young adolescent males). Any heard anyhting similar? or was this >something that didn't stand up to scrutiny?

    Hi there Apparently, in a lot of native American tribal societies homosexuals were regarded as very special and treated almost as priests or priestesses. Also, people who would be considered 'crazy' in modern industrial societies were also considered to have a special insight and perspective on the world. Here are a couple of relevant articles: This one describes this respect for sexual diversity in tribal societies (or so I'm told; I've not had a chance to read it yet, so can't comment on it).

    [can't get to the url for this, server must be down, but its on the online journal of memetics] This outlines why smaller societies with less resources might be more likely to 'host' memes which encourage respect for differences.

    I'd be interested in hearing any comments from listmembers regarding these articles.


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