Michelangelo. Life Outside: The Signorile Report on Gay Men:
Sex, Drugs, Muscles, and the Passages of Life. New York:
HarperCollins Publishers, 1997.
of the things that interests me is the problem of friendship ...
You can find, from the sixteenth century on, texts explicitly criticize
friendship as something dangerous.
The army, bureaucracy, administration, universities, schools, et
cetera - in the modern senses of these words - cannot function with
such intense friendships. I think there can be seen a very strong
attempt in all these institutions to diminish, or minimize, the
affectional relations ...
One of my hypotheses ... is that homosexuality became a problem
- that is, sex between men became a problem - in the eighteenth
century. We see the rise of it as a problem with the police, within
the justice system, and so on. I think the reason it appears as
a problem, as a social issue, at this time is that friendship has
disappeared. As long as friendship was something important, was
socially accepted, nobody realized men had sex together. You couldn't
say that men didn't have sex together - it just didn't matter ...
Once friendship disappeared as a culturally accepted relation, the
issue arose, "What is going on between men?" And that's when the
problem appears ... I'm sure I'm right, that the disappearance of
friendship as a social relation and the declaration of homosexuality
as a social/political/medical problem are the same process."
Bob and Wilson, Alexander. "Sex and the Politics of Identity:
An Interview with Michel Foucault," in Thompson, Mark.
Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning. New York: St. Martin's Press,