The Eloquence of Flesh
This concluding chapter discusses the insights that might be gained by understanding the sexual self via the musical (rather than the political or textual) and emphasizes the importance of foregrounding the living, sexual body in Russian gay men's wresting of their same-sex desires from the socially imposed shackles of pathology. It begins with a discussion of legal and juridical as well as economic factors that must be taken into account in contextualizing post-Soviet homosexuality. It also considers how the religious and the political are entangled in issues relating to homosexuality in Russia, with particular emphasis on its politicization. Finally, it explores the interconnections among sexuality, music, and culture in Russia as well as the homosexuals' fight for legal protection and equality in a post-Soviet climate. The chapter argues that our understanding of an embodied sexual identity can be greatly aided by its conceptualization via dynamics operating in popular music.
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