"Ultimately, the Ottomans and our Greco-Roman ancestors were in substantial agreement that what was most special about same-sex (male-male) attractions and loving relationships lay, not in the mechanics of sexual satisfaction, but in the possibility of a relationship based on mutual understanding and something closer to a balance of power. As we mentioned above, it was only in a same-gender relationship that one could find a partner who was similarly educated and, thus, potentially and intellectual equal, who engaged in the same activities, who shared experiences and expectations. This kind of relationship would not necessarily be dominated by sexual intercourse and the reproductive subtext. It could be primarily spiritual and intellectual. It could include dynamic relations of power, a fluid shifting of dominance and submission, without reference to the overwhelming, culturally determined power disparity that existed between men and women.Many modern societies have, to varying degrees, attempted to elide the disparities between male and female subcultures by providing equal opportunities for education and choice of career. We assume that men and women will, as a result, be able to have relations of sufficient equality and mutuality to make same-gender love unnecessary for any but a small minority who are interested only in same-gender relations. In contrast to elite society in classical antiquity or the Ottoman Empire, where most homoerotic art and behaviour was produced, consumed, and enacted by men who today might (anachronistically) be called heterosexual or bisexual, contemporary society usually relegates homoeroticism to a gay, lesbian, and bisexual community that it then takes some pains to isolate and marginalize. But, even today, the situation is not quite as clear-cut as it seems.** A recent example is a thriving short genre fiction called slash fiction. […] What is most relevant about slash for us is that it is most commonly written by (and for) heterosexual women, with the goal of exploring love relations between persons for whom the power disparities inherent in male-female relations do not exist.”- Walther G. Andrews and Mehmet Kalplaklı, The Age of Beloveds. Love and the Beloved in Early-Modern Ottoman and European Culture and Society
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