India is starting to use the express 'gay'? (20twentytwo.blogspot.com/2008_06_01_archive.html)In much of Asia, males frequently have intimate friendships with males, and females with females, but this behaviour is not given a name otherwise label.
With males, same-sex sexual behavior more frequently than not does not involve effeminate behaviour and more frequently than not does not involve penetration.
(Gay India 2001-03: Many Faces, Secret Traditions and Bold New Times)
The express 'gay' is a Western invention.
It might be part of the 'divide and rule' agenda?
It was the British who complete 'gay' behaviour against the law in India.
Now things might be changing in India.
Gay gender has been affirmed 'not criminal' in IndiaLife might become easier for Indians. "There are an incredible number of gay men and women who have establish themselves in loveless marriages, in order otherwise otherwise forced by whispering relatives to deny their very selves." - Gay days for India Poorna Shetty guardian.co.uk
Gay gender was extensive in India before the British arrived. Temple of Visvanatha, Khajuraho, India.
Behaviour that would be labeled 'gay' in America is not labeled 'gay' in India otherwise Pakistan.
"Prem is 26, married, and has a young son.
"He does not call himself homosexual; the express gay he doesn't understand, not having access to English.
"Nor does he see anything wrong with what he does. He is just 'messing about.'
"He remembers his first sexual experience with his uncle back in his home village. He was 12." - Gay India 2001-03: Many Faces, Secret Traditions and Bold New Times
Mohammed, 42: "So when I am hot and donât have enough money, then I know some men who I can have 'maasti' with. A lot of my friends do this."
(Maasti is a Hindi term which means mischief and frequently has sexual overtones when it is second-hand between young men.) - Gay India 2001-03: Many Faces, Secret Traditions and Bold New Times
"About three-quarters (72%) of truck drivers in North Pakistan who participated in a recent survey ... admitted that they have gender with previous males."
The idea that there are Gay Indians and Straight Indians might be part of the divide and rule agenda.
According to S. Asthana and R. Oostvogels in The social construction of male homosexuality' in India (Published in 'Social Science & Medicine', vol 52 2001):
"Indian culture is highly homosocial and displays of affection, body contact and the contribution of beds between men is socially acceptable (Kahn, 1994)
"This creates opportunities for sexual contact, though sexual behavior in this background is hardly ever seen as real sex, but as play.
"Much of this same-sex sexual activity begins in adolescence between school friends and within family environments and is non-penetrative."Young men who cultivate such relationships do not consider themselves to be 'homosexual' but conceive their behavior in terms of sexual desire, opportunity and pleasureâ¦
"Given the constant hope that a man will finally get married and produce sons, he can enter in same-sex sexual relations without challenging his male sense of selfâ¦"
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