MALE-MALE INTIMACY 2
Inthe 19thcentury, the existence of male-male intimacy played the role ofemotional support as young males shared information at a point beyondfriendship. To a young man, the male-intimacy meant a booncompanionship and a stalwart alliance between each other. Theintimacy played a role of giving the young men a sense of belonginguse led to the level of growing loyalty. This loyalty developed toa level of fondness for each other that they could share anyinformation, ideas and emotions with each other freely without fear.Moreover, the male-male intimacy played a role of replacing the male–women relationships as some men took the intimacy as the onlything that kept them in friendships.
Thesignificance of the male-male relationship is the formation of stronggroups that shared common fondness and emotions. These groupssometimes turned into revolutionary activities such as the generalWashington revolution of exchanging letters. The relationshipsbrought significant topics, especially in women themes intodiscussions that helped young men to understand them in common.Moreover, the relationships formed between men in male-male intimacyblossomed into significant and intense relationships that led to thedevelopment of common business, events and life endeavors.
Asyoung men transitioned from boyhood to manhood, the male-maleintimacy between them tend to die off as they differentiate intotheir lives. However, some of these friendships developed into futurecommon endeavors. Others grow into love relations such as Albert Doddand James Blake, such relationships led to controversial maleromantic affairs that were not common in the 19thcentury. Despite these cases, most of the male-male relationships didnot develop into significant future associations that could lead tohypothesize that they were significant in life.