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Peter Manuel

As an Anglo-American, I have perhaps been accustomed to thinking of our culture as “normal”, reasonable, natural, and also relaxed and flexible in terms of sexual behavior. However, living abroad (e.g., in India, for five years), I noticed that, for example, young men can be very physically affectionate and familiar with each other, in a way that has nothing to do with homosexuality. It is very common, for example, in India to see two young men walking down the street holding hands. We Anglo-American men, by contrast, are quite rigidly inhibited in that sense.