something that evokes arousal or desire towards/for someone, or between people, of the same gender, regardless of their sexuality; or something that depicts or is suggestive of same-gender love, sexual activity, desire or arousal.
Although sometimes used as a synonym for homosexuality, homoeroticism is distinct due to sexual orientation being irrelevant. For example, some people may perceive man-on-man wrestling to be homoerotic, as it involves two men in close proximity, often in little or tight clothes, with their bodies intertwined.
Indeed, many have said that Jesus is depicted in a homoerotic manner in religious artwork, due to being depicted topless with a muscular physique in scant clothing around the waist.
Originally published: 14th December, 2020
Last modified: 14th December, 2020