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May 31st 2015 at 10:27:16 AM •••

Homosexuals in the Divine Comedy

It is not correct to say that there is a section of Hell for "homosexuals": the category of "homosexual" is a recent creation. There were people in the Middle Ages who happened to engage in sodomy, but they were not understood (by themselves or others) as having a separate type of sexuality, but simply as people who happened to engage in that act. (Think of how we regard people who masturbate today: we don't call them "selfsexuals.")

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