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Did Arthur Conan Doyle code Holmes and Watson as a gay couple?

No. They cared deeply about each other as friends, but there was never anything romantic in it. Holmes was asexual. He wasn't just uninterested in women, he was uninterested in romance. All ...
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Is there any textual evidence to support that Dumbledore was gay?

In terms of explicit confirmation, the answer is a very solid no. At no point did any character, nor the omniscient narrator, identify Dumbledore's sexuality in simple terms. Signs and portents. ...
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What suggests Edmund might be gay?

As someone who rather likes the totally non-canonical idea of gay Edmund, there is really no textual evidence to support this idea and you are right to point out that it is extremely unlikely that ...
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Did Arthur Conan Doyle code Holmes and Watson as a gay couple?

It should be noted that the Sherlock Holmes stories (with exception to "His Last Bow", "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone", "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane", and "The Adventure of the Blanched ...
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What does violence have to do with a 'bodice ripper' romance novel?

TL;DR: Lots. Introduction The post isn’t very clear about exactly what it’s asking, so I’m going to interpret it as asking the following questions: What does the term ‘bodice-ripper’ mean? In what ...
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Are there recorded instances of asexuality in the body of ancient Greek writings?

There are a few gods and goddesses in ancient Greek mythology (assuming you count that as part of literature) who lead virgin lifestyles. Athena, Artemis, and Hestia come to mind as examples. Now of ...
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Is there any evidence for a gay relationship in The Merchant of Venice?

There is a modern tradition of Antonio and Bassanio, and the rest of The Merchant of Venice, being interpreted in queer terms. A common starting point for this is the first line of the play. "In ...
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Are there recorded instances of asexuality in the body of ancient Greek writings?

Perhaps a case can be made for Hermaphroditus. The son of Hermes and Aphrodite, he was a remarkably beautiful youth, but uninterested in sex. Or at least, the way Ovid tells it, "he did not know what ...
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What suggests Edmund might be gay?

It is worth noting in this conversation that Lewis had very level-headed opinions about homosexuality and did write directly about the subject outside of his children's fiction; in his private life, ...
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What does the "Tell the neighbors I'm not sorry" line in "Girls Like Girls" mean?

The song as a whole is written from the point of view of a woman who is having a relationship with another woman who, in turn, appears to be in an existing relationship with a man. I'm breaking ...
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Does Vivien sleep with Merlin in Tennyson's "Idylls of the King"?

Your interpretation is a common way to understand this passage. Mid-Victorian literary conventions required some delicacy in alluding to sexual activity, so this kind of suggestive imagery is all we ...
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Is there any evidence for a gay relationship in The Merchant of Venice?

There are many, many quotations that reveal the homosexual relationship. Why is Antonio sad? Because he is in love with a male prostitute and, in performance of anal sex with a client, Bassanio has ...
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Why is the painful deflowering of a virgin motif in romance novels so common?

The hymen is a thin membrane which covers the entrance to the vagina. It can be broken during the first time a woman has penetrative intercourse, but that is not the only way. The hymen is not ...
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Does “The Picture of Dorian Gray” contain any explicit content?

Sex between two men is implied, but not outright stated From the book (Basil to Dorian): "There was that wretched boy in the Guards who committed suicide. You were his great friend. There was ...
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What exactly drove Humbert’s preference for preteens?

Humbert is primarily a hebephile, sexually attracted to young pubescent females. His relationships with adult females are entirely to facilitate access to their children, and they are unfulfilling. As ...
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What suggests Edmund might be gay?

No, there's absolutely no textual evidence for this. There's really not anything in the text that would come even vaguely close to supporting this. I suppose that you could say that, strictly speaking,...
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Are there recorded instances of asexuality in the body of ancient Greek writings?

The Greek myths are seldom consistent. However in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, we read Muse, tell me the deeds of golden Aphrodite the Cyprian, who stirs up sweet passion in the gods and subdues ...
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Are there recorded instances of asexuality in the body of ancient Greek writings?

There is a case to be made about the humanity itself (or some of it) being asexual at first. In some myths, Pandora is the first woman, created by Hephaestus for Zeus to punish humanity. Pandora's ...
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What does Fingersmith say about the relationship between feminism and pornography

The key to understanding this is to see that the character of Maud herself is a metaphor for the male presumption of entitlement over women. She is taken by her Uncle from an environment where she is ...
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