Countless scholars have debated whether William Shakespeare dabbled in same-sex love during his 16th Century life.
In this BigThink video found at Good As You, scholar Stephen Greenblatt examines not Shakespeare’s actions, but the society in which he lived, a society in which there were no sexual categories and a society in which laws against sodomy were rarely enforced.
He also recalls an experience in China in which he was invited to shower with another man. It’s that kind of mentality, he explains in this video, that allowed men like Shakespeare to share beds with other men.
Find out what that means AFTER THE JUMP.