This book demonstrates a fruitful cross-fertilisation of ideas between British queer history and art history. It engages with self-identified lesbians and with another highly important source for queer history: oral history. The book highlights the international dimension of what to date has been told as a classic British tale of homosexual law reform and also illuminates the choices made and constraints imposed at the national level. It embarks on a queer critical history, arguing for the centrality, in John Everett Millais's life-writing, of the strange-to-us category of unconventionality. The book aims to expose the queer implications of celebrity gossip writing. It offers a historical analysis of the link between homosexual men and gossip by examining the origins of the gossip column in the British tabloid press in the three decades after 1910. The book provides an overview of the emergence and consolidation of a number of new discourses of homosexuality as a social practice in postwar Britain. It explores a British variant on homophile internationalism before and immediately after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act by mapping Grey's cross-border connections while noting strain against transnational solidarity. The book focuses on evidence collected by the 1977 Committee on Obscenity and Film Censorship to illustrate how gay men conceptualised the place of pornography in their lives and its role in the broader struggle for the freedom.
Society gossip, homosexuality and the logic of revelation in the interwar popular press
attempts to define ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviour, those who are ‘in’ and those who are ‘out’. It is a form of titillating revelation requiring a clear knowledge of both the socially accepted and the socially verboten.
Utilising such conceptual insights, this chapter offers a historical analysis of the link between homosexual men and gossip by examining the origins of the gossip column in the Britishtabloidpress in the three decades after 1910. The so-called ‘social’ gossip column was a mode of class voyeurism, a whispery series of paragraphs all reporting on the
headlines while refusing to compromise with a system that seeks to dehumanise victims of police violence.
Figure 4.3 Flier produced by Justice4Mark
From Duggan to Demetrio, the attempt to seek justice and counter the authority of the police is – with the total complicity of the Britishtabloidpress – presented as a threat to a state engaged in a ‘total war on crime’ 38 and an ‘all-out war on gangs and gang culture’. 39 But amidst the hard, reactionary power of racial violence on the part of the police, there was also a softer, more liberal racism on
Daniel Geary, Camilla Schofield, and Jennifer Sutton
Powell—two of the figures most famous for arguing the necessity of closing borders to keep nations white—crossed physical and intellectual borders to develop and advance their visions.
In March 1978, Duke traveled to England with the goals of increasing his profile, forming connections with like-minded Britons, and urging them to halt non-white migration to their nation lest they suffer the fate of the multiracial U.S. Duke’s visit was widely publicized in the Britishtabloidpress, which could not resist the figure of the youthful, handsome, articulate, and media
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee of June 2012 and
the live telecast event of Prince George’s christening were slick media
events that contributed, according to many commentators, to the
‘rebranding’ of the royal family. Claire Wardel and Emily West
demonstrate that already for the Golden Jubilee of 2002 one could
observe a new co-operative tone in the Britishtabloidpress. 3 In
Australia the 2014 tour of Kate
offending ‘our’ Queen, the Sun makes associated claims that Meghan's actions offend Britain as a whole. She is portrayed as the alien ‘other’, becoming what the sociologist Nirmal Puwar refers to as a ‘space invader’.
Meghan disrupts the status quo.
This all came to a head upon Meghan and Harry's resignation from the Firm. Much of the commentary blamed Britain's tabloidpress for Meghan's desire to leave: the activist Aaron Bastani claimed that the ‘royal couple can't challenge Britain's sick press
Contemporary witchcraft and the Lancashire witches
victims of horrific persecution at the hands of the Christian Church. Although certain elements of the Christian Church, not to mention the Britishtabloidpress, continue to conflate witchcraft with Satanism, the re-emergence of the witch in Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism sees her as the guardian of the secret powers of nature and of woman, as the priestess of the Goddess, as the herbalist, and as the practitioner of magic. Modern Wicca and Witchcraft thus offer a critical synthesis of the polarities and ambiguities of the witch figure to produce a ‘witch’ who is both
Hampshire ( 2014 ). However, a clear link was
drawn between that growth and the decision of the Blair government
to grant the citizens of the eight countries that acceded to the EU
in 2004 full freedom of movement rights. The vast influx of East
European migrants was not anticipated by the Blair government, and
negative stereotyping by the Britishtabloidpress – notably against
: Routledge, 2006). Chalaby's work is the most compatible with the Habermasian disintegration thesis and has the further advantage of analysing the ‘populist idiom’ of the Britishtabloidpress from a perspective comparable to the ‘social formalist’ one I have advocated in this book: Jean K. Chalaby, The Invention of Journalism (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998).
Michele Hilmes, Only Connect: A Cultural History of Broadcasting
Identification, imitation and critical mortification
exaggerated, multifarious projections of what many women at different stages of their lives aspire to be.
Each new chapter in her star or celebrity life carries an emotional charge
transmitted through the Britishtabloidpress, pain as well as exhilaration,
a discourse intended to authenticate the ‘reality’ of this illusory existence.
Academic interest in film stars and the nature of stardom was awakened by Morin, to whose work I shall return below, and explored further
by Richard Dyer. In his books Stars and Heavenly Bodies, as well as in
numerous subsequent papers, Dyer