Asian American Sexualities: Dimensions of the Gay and

Writing from a powerful array of interdisciplinary views, the members talk about numerous subject matters, together with sexuality and identification politics; neighborhood activism and homosexual activism; transnational features of affection among girls in Thailand; queer South Asian tradition within the US; homosexual and lesbian filmmakers; same-sex sexuality in Pacific literature; and Asian American male homosexuality and AIDS. the connection of the homosexual and lesbian adventure to Asian American stories and Ethnic experiences can also be explored.

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Madame’s Name Day Edgar Degas, c. 9 cm 60 61 François Boucher (1703-1770) The feminine nude, of whom he had a particularly sensual conception was Boucher’s preferred subject to such an extent that even his mythological allegories or his scenes of “sheepfolds” were only considered as pretexts for debauchery. 5 x 16 cm Bibliothèque d’Art et d’Archéologie, Paris 62 63 His series of etchings (which feature some drawings for works by Molière) as well as his drawings, evoke paintings from Watteau’s genre, not only through their fluidity of line but also by their grace and elegance.

Sapphic Couple Lying near a Wheel of Fortune Auguste Rodin, 19th-20th century graphite and watercolour on paper, 25 x 31 cm Musée Rodin, Paris 42 43 If spirituality is the essence of humanity, then all those opposing mind and spirit to sensuality are hypocrites. Sexuality experiences its true spiritual form, its true humanity, only after developing into eroticism and art – some translate eroticism as the art of love. 6 cm Musée Rodin, Paris 44 45 Matters excluded from the civilising process assert themselves by demanding a medium that is spiritually determined, and that is art.

Accordingly, it would almost be a tautology to speak of erotic art. Union (Mars and Venus) Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1800-1806 drawing 36 37 Long before Fuchs, Lou Andreas-Salomé had already pointed out the true relationship between eroticism and aesthetics: “It seems to be a sibling growth from the same root that artistic drive and sexual drive yield such extensive analogies, aesthetic delight changes into erotic delight so imperceptibly, sexual desire so instinctively reaches for the aesthetic, the ornamental”.

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