In the Moslem lands, famous Iranian and Arab poets such as Hafiz i-Shirazi and Abu Nuwas praised and rued the charms of boys (whom they plied with wine and seduced).
Sufi holy men from India to Turkey sought to find Allah by gazing upon the beauty of beardless youths. Artists like Riza i-Abbasi amused kings and princes with exquisitely wrought erotic Persian miniatures and calligraphies.
The customs and ethics of male love were encoded in Greek mythology.
Male love was a cornerstone of the culture that created theater, philosophy, mathematics, history, and other arts and sciences.
Apartment List compiled a new list for 2018 of the best metros for dating using survey responses from nearly 11,000 singles nationwide.
Greece, of course, was no Utopia: prostitution, often attended by slavery, was common, and parallel to the ethical culture in which young beloveds were treated with consideration and moderation, there ran an undercurrent seen by the Greeks as debauched, in which young citizens were paid for sex and subjected to practices seen as degrading, such as oral and anal penetration.Democracy was another invention of the Greeks, and the two men they honored for its introduction were Harmodios and Aristogiton, a gay couple.Love between males was thought to bring out the best qualities in a youth AND in his lover, especially manliness and courage.” Let’s hope that in coming years students will not have to wait until they are in their twenties to make that discovery.According to a recent study, three of North Carolina's largest cities are considered to be the best spots for dating when graded on a variety of factors.In Japan, apprentice Samurai paired up with older warriors to be trained in love and war, and all the shoguns slept with pages called “kosho,” their “nanshoku” loves recorded by writers and shunga painters who immortalized “shudo,” the Way of the Young.They likewise immortalized the hard lives of the “tobiko” or fly boys, traveling young kabuki actors who had to labor on stage by day and please their clients in bed by night.Grown men sought teenage lovers, just as they married teenage wives.The main difference was that the “gay marriage” could only take place with the beloved’s consent, while the girl was told by her father whom to marry and had to obey.The survey also found that men are more satisfied with dating opportunities than women, as 46 percent of men gave positive responses compared to 41 percent of women.So, if you weren't a fan of Valentine's Day, you might be in the right place after all.