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Extra resources for A History of Homosexuality in Europe: Berlin, London, Paris 1919-1939, Volume II
The boys may be innocent and naïve, at first, but in the end they find themselves masturbating…. 75 The link with masturbation is constantly evoked: — Finally, with regard to friendship, in the life of a boy there is first of all interest in himself, and the development of masturbation has already been discussed. Then comes an interest in his own sex, through the worship of the hero — which should be a real help and an inspiration. 76 Marie Stopes, the muse of sex education in that period, summarizes the era’s trends.
58. 40 Breaking the Silence: Homosexuals and Public Opinion ality from pederasty, or Eros. For him, pederasty was the erotic bond that links a mature man with a young boy. He was highly critical of those who considered it a medical problem: love, he noted, cannot be reduced to a matter of secretions. In his essay Eros (1924), Wyneken explained the erotic relations between Masters and pupils at length as the natural evolution of a major emotional tie, a pure and noble attraction: “The love of the young boys is more austere and more powerful.
Something like that had already happened in Munich, where “the president of the pederasts, Magnus Hirschfeld” barely made it out alive. Most people, while rejecting homosexuality, simply never spoke of it. “At that time, nobody talked about homosexuality. Not the slightest allusion. I don’t think that was apparent to me at the time; I was only eighteen, twenty years old. At that age, I probably didn’t realize the significance. I was satisfied just to be it [homosexual]. 35 People didn’t know much about homosexuality, in any case.
A History of Homosexuality in Europe: Berlin, London, Paris 1919-1939, Volume II by Florence Tamagne