Contemporary pornography has become a massive archive of sexual scripts. To some extent pornography has replaced sexology, psychoanalysis and sex manuals as a form of knowledge about sexuality.
The rise of sexual science, in addition to creating new forms of stigma, also provided the imaginative resources for articulating new modes of resistance.
As historians know, the archive is ruthless in preserving categories over time.
“The Art of War” featured a succession of posters featuring depictions of men in suggestive, even erotic, poses.
Desire Work documents the lives of mostly white, ex-gay Pentecostal men in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Mexican gay magazine Macho Tips (1985-1989) engaged with national ideologies of race and gender.
Now that the Right is in power in the United States, people are remembering the first openly gay politician, that is, the top Nazi Ernst Röhm.