Blowing away the shadow of Sodom

Ronald Hutton on erotica and morality through history

One aspect of the common political culture of Britain and North America is the assumption of a relationship between sexual morality and public life, embodied most obviously in two common beliefs: that libertines and deviants are less trustworthy as leaders than happily-married people, and that public expression of erotic subjects, if uncurbed, endangers the strength and stability of societies.

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