The Missing Myth
In fact, the concept is so pervasive that I suggest that you carefully examine your own belief system before you assume that it's completely uncontaminated by some version of this reductive gender dualism. As far as I can tell, nearly all teachings of a philosophical or spiritual nature today are based on this rigid genderized vision of the universe.
This involves your local priest, minister, or rabbi, obviously, but also your Kabbalah expert and your yoga teacher. I have yet to meet a bona fide teaching that truly gives equal spiritual value to the union of the masculine with the masculine, or of the feminine with the feminine, as we give to the union of the masculine with the feminine. Even science in its search for the "gay gene" presumes as a starting point that when nature has it together, animals are heterosexual, and that homosexuality is a mutation read "impairment" of the normal heterosexual function. And I won't even discuss here how much a strict division between masculine and feminine is biologically, psychologically, and culturally obsolete.
As postmoderns love to remind us, cultures are oppressive. Yet this is true only when cultures don't reflect as accurately as possible the knowledge that we have of ourselves. As you can see, we are due for a serious update. Our increasingly tolerant global culture has yet a lot to accomplish in order to escape the weight of a 2-millennia-old symbolic framework that reduces nearly everything to gender dualism. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The so-called scientific proof goes like this: [W]hen you bring two bar magnets and you bring the North Pole together you find that the two North Poles will not attract.
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Pride The final section of the book attempts a visionary look at what a future mythos of homosexuality might be, as well as delineating a taxonomy of gay personal development. This was my least favourite part of the book, as for every sentence which feels inspiring and genuinely insightful, there are fifty which feel jejune, idealistic and utopian. There's a whiff of New Age self-help snake oil about the author's conclusions. His closing affirmation of Foucault's attractive idea that homosexual culture and consciousness is created and not merely discovered and also that it might inspire new forms of heterosexuality is very attractive.
Yet Herralda's failure to engage with the real lives of gay men, including that of his personal hero Foucault who certainly had feet of clay makes me suspect that the theory has taken rather too much precedence over the realities of human existence. This is linked into my feeling that the author, despite pretending to speak for a universal homosexuality, is too in thrall to one practised by middle-aged, middle-class, white, New York-dwelling academics. Finally, for a book about homosexuality, he seems to have very little to say about the sex drive and humanity's extremely problematic relationship with it.
I kind of wish he'd read some Camille Paglia to balance his Foucault. All of that said, the book is a genuine addition to the homosexual studies and so, with the above reservations, recommended.
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Jul 30, Michael Gray rated it it was amazing. It is a book I will undoubtedly re-read. In the Missing Myth Herrada uses Ken Wilbur's Integral approach to great effect in illuminating the co-evolution physical,cultural and individual of homophobia and homosexualities the latter expression used to highlight the variety of forms it has taken. Being somewhat well read, much of what he covered was already familiar to me, but his approach to the subject jolted me periodically with perspectives on that familiar material I had not previously co It is a book I will undoubtedly re-read.
Being somewhat well read, much of what he covered was already familiar to me, but his approach to the subject jolted me periodically with perspectives on that familiar material I had not previously considered. As just one of a number of examples: that in a very real sense it was the early church fathers, and not queer theorists, who actually created the modern concept LGBT with their reinterpretation contradicting both the books of Ezekiel and Hebrews of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and subsequent use of "Sodomy" as an umbrella term. In many ways it left me wanting more, which is not necessarily a good thing with non-fiction.
I would have liked a more thorough exploration of the Mythic element from a book titled The Missing Myth, but I didn't find it deficient enough in that regard to subtract even a single star. Excellent, thought provoking, read. View 1 comment. From an epistemological point of view, I find the author's initiative, coming from the standpoint of Wilber's Integral Theory, as neccesary and important, in the current cultural context.
However, one key question remains una "The Missing Myth" is a groundbreaking LGBT study that aims to provide a framework for the development of a new gay myth that will help homosexuals understand the meaning of their life better and answer to some of the most important existential questions that they may have. However, one key question remains unanswered, as other reviewers observed, particularly the content and structure of this "missing myth". The author hints to examples from history, literature, movies, politics and science, that are, in my opinion, too fragmented and localized to be of any cultural significance whatsoever, from a global perspective i.
Neill's position, at least in my understanding, is that the nature of the human species is ambisexual and most people fall in the middle of a Kinseyan continuum. That being said, authoritarian ideologies particularly religion can curb the continuum in such a way that it makes almost impossible to accurately determinate the same-sex behavior in a specific society.
I also find Neill's view on the homosexual patterns that are present and sometimes prevalent in most societies including peer relationships, which are neglected by Gilles Herrada, as mentioned in another review more persuasive. If Neill is right, we just need to get rid of the heterosexual myth i.
It is true however, that some epistemological structures need to be changed in order to adapt both the heterosexual and homosexual worldview to this paradigm. I agree with Herrada that science will have the primary role in the definition of this new paradigm.
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It is very well written, challenging and ambitious. I've heard that Gilles is working on a new book that aims to further develop the "missing myth". As a young gay man myself, I'm hoping to read this book as well. Thanks, Mr. Herrada for this amazing study!
View 2 comments. Jun 30, Larry-bob Roberts rated it it was amazing Shelves: queer. The book is about the ways homosexuality and homophobia have been represented in the mythoi plural of mythos of various societies. The book is divided in three sections: The True exploring scientific facts about homosexuality , The Good about the way that societies have placed moral values on homosexuality , and The True the subjective view.
Some pre-Christian cultures has a place in society for homosexuality, though it was not identical with modern homosexuality, being instead either interg The book is about the ways homosexuality and homophobia have been represented in the mythoi plural of mythos of various societies. Some pre-Christian cultures has a place in society for homosexuality, though it was not identical with modern homosexuality, being instead either intergenerational or involving gender crossing.
Likewise these cultures had homosexuality in their myths. Christianity had no place either in its mythos or in its culture for homosexuality. One of the things this book accomplishes is to get the reader to think about homosexuality from the cultural point of view of homophobia. Herreda cites science as a source of our current culture's mythos, citing for example the Big Bang theory as our new creation story.
In the emergence of a new space of mythos for homosexuality, perhaps science can also be its basis.
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One of the most thought-provoking sections were chapter 15, on The Unfolding of the Homosexual Self, exploring theories of homosexual identity development. A section about the power of insults, particularly homophobic insults, also presents some captivating ideas. I think her insights on homophobia as a system that rewards its practitioners would have been helpful to examine in this context. Interesting book, need to read again to to better review. Jul 21, Matt Root rated it it was amazing.
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