Prostitution, Perversion and AIDS: The Secrets of the ‘Glass Clique’

Hans Tao-ming Huang

in Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083077
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209817 | DOI:
Prostitution, Perversion and AIDS: The Secrets of the ‘Glass Clique’

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This chapter examines the journalistic representation of male same-sex relations from the 1950s to the 1980s, analysing the disparate regimes of knowledge—police administration, psychiatry and epidemiology—with regard to the production of male homosexuality. The chapter shows how the “glass clique”, a local epithet attributed to the imagined male homosexual community, was subject to state regulation of social morals and was policed as prostitutes. Such an equation of male homosexuality with prostitution continued to figure in the eroto/homophobic discourse of AIDS as the “glass clique” came to be identified as a disposable population.

Keywords: prostitution; perversion; AIDS; male same-sex relations

Chapter.  12915 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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