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Kenny Everett Dec. Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The There is little time left for me to write about sex as the thoughts of a septuagenarian on this subject I turn 70 this year may soon meet only a shudder. But I have a theory which I have the audacity to think important.

My firm belief is that in trying to categorise sex, sexuality and — yes — even gender, the late 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries have taken the medical and social sciences down a massive blind alley. No such categories exist. Being from a kindly, liberal family, I was taught that sympathy, understanding and tolerance were called for, and these things were not a moral question and not a matter for the police.

Homosexuality in the First World War

Growing up in the s, I had no idea how recently this prism had been applied to sexuality, splitting white sunlight into colour-bands; or that a century beforehand these rigid categories had not existed. But before the Victorians, sex was described more by verbs than nouns — as something people did rather than were — and sexual leanings, mainstream as well as minority, were appetites to which almost anyone might on occasion be prey.

Those earlier ages had been vicious in their approach to morally disapproved behaviour but relaxed in their understanding that many, perhaps most, could feel the pull. Then came an age in which the moral disapproval and legal sanctions were to fade — a good thing — but paddocks were to be constructed with pseudo-scientific names; and we were all to be badged, placed in one paddock or another, and later offered assistance and counselling if we wished to change paddock. To my surprise on re-reading , the first and still the most important such survey — undertaken in America by Alfred Kinsey and colleagues in the midth century — was the most enlightened.

Kinsey distrusted brutal categorisation but, wishing to count, constructed what came close to a sliding scale containing seven gradations between exclusive heterosexuality and exclusive homosexuality. He found that almost half his male interviewees had reacted sexually to both genders; more than a third had had a homosexual encounter; and more than one in ten reported roughly equally strong sexual responses to both men and women.

Meanwhile, the first paragraph of a YouGov survey in is worth quoting: The important thing to note about this apparent variance, though, is that it may be more apparent than real, arising from the available menu of words offered to people. Words create categories. Some of the men I slept with have gone straight despite a strong cultural barrier to a gay man doing this.

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Indeed, hordes are: Straight men are equally reluctant to admit the converse. There exist strong reasons for this taboo among gays: Secondly, if sexuality really is modifiable for some, how long before someone suggests cognitive behavioural therapy minus or even plus the Hallelujahs? Damn the Hallelujahs.

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