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Sexual Healing Modern western culture prides itself on progress and tolerance and the sexual revolution is a clear and unavoidable reminder of this In the media and in our lives sexual expression a few decades ago would have been condemned is becoming more mainstream yet homosexuality is still an uneasy topic for most to discuss Although the acceptance of homosexuality has increased over the decades some problems that were present a century ago still exist today The nature and the effects of pressure put on by society toward individuals to suppress homosexuality can be seen in Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof where the main character Brick can not express his sexual preference due to the society he associates with For Tennessee Williams homosexuality was the site of manifold contradictionhis own identity was articulated in the tension between secrecy and disclosure contradictions Bibler 382 Such is the case of his creation Brick the protagonist of the play whose sexual identity is not clearly defined within the text His actions however indicate a suppressed homoerotic love for his college friend Skipper One of the main indications of this is his treatment of his wife Brick seems uninterested in Margaret his wife who is described as beautiful 915 and the lust of other men930 He is constantly talking to her without interest916 absently 919 and indifferently 921 He is even indifferent to 921 sex with his wife which is normally a passionate act Furthermore his wife is constantly complaining of his lack of longing for her 621 and Brick instead of giving her attention repeatedly suggests that she take a lover 925 He is also disgusted by kisses from his wife who he wipes off immediately with the back of his hand 944 Bricks lack of intimacy which occurred long before the natural time for it to 930 leads to the questioning of the basis of his marriage to Margaret Like many homosexuals in his
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