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.
The homophile internationalism of Britain’s Homosexual Law Reform Society
internationalism realised by ICSE, the case of HLRS may help further to elucidate that culture’s possibilities and limitations.
This chapter, then, explores a British variant on homophile internationalism before and immediately after the 1967 SexualOffencesAct by mapping Grey’s cross-border connections while noting strain against transnational solidarity. In charge of HLRS’s day-to-day operation during this period, Grey authored and received much of the correspondence on which this chapter is based, although his work more generally depended on HLRS’s Executive
Law reform, homosexual identity and the role of counter-culture
Reporting change: law reform,
homosexual identity and the role
Revolt, my child, revolt is a quick axe cleaving dead wood in the forest,
by night. The woodsman of the day is the executioner.1
When the SexualOffencesAct (SOA) of 1967 partially decriminalised homosexuality it also exposed the limits of reform. This chapter focuses on the choices
made by homosexual men as new arenas of political and cultural activism
instead. The Act was not a clear victory in the interests of homosexuals but was
the product of pragmatic
not an unalloyed good: it is part of Irish women's illiberal legal inheritance’.
The fear around the female body, its legislation and regulation by patriarchal moral codes, are not easily consigned to the past. As Eilís Ward demonstrates in ‘Who is protecting whom and what? The Irish state and the death of women who sell sex: a historical and contemporary analysis’, the Irish state's passing of the Criminal Law (SexualOffences) Act (2017) attempts to ‘disappear’ the embodied prostitute (without stopping the act of prostitution), thus ‘removing
until the 2003 SexualOffencesAct that the specific offences of
‘sexual activity with a child family member and inciting a child family
member to engage in sexual activity’ were created. 16 As Judith V. Becker and Emily M. Coleman
explain, ‘the social problem of incest has been clouded by many myths.
Initially, it was believed that incest was limited to certain geographical
areas (e.g. Appalachia) and to only lower socioeconomic families. Incest
the buying but not the selling of sex.
First taken up by the then Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, and homed in child protection law then pending, the SPB was adopted as part of the Criminal Law (SexualOffences) Act enacted in 2017.
As outlined in this volume's Introduction, Magdalen Laundries were manifestations of larger social attitudes, which viewed certain women as ‘morally suspect’: unmarried mothers, women who insisted on bodily autonomy, and sex workers. In this chapter, I wish
. Hartley’ under the supervision
of John Bayley, who was the Thomas Warton Professor of English and
married to Iris Murdoch. In a 2011 interview with Peter Terzian for the
Paris Review, Hollinghurst speaks fondly, and even a little proudly, of his
It was quite a new subject then. The SexualOffencesAct had been
passed in 1967 and changed what could be said about the private lives
of gay people. ... A new freedom to talk about these things was very
much part of the atmosphere of the seventies. I think, without wishing
to blow my own trumpet, that my thesis
require that homosexual acts be made criminal in many
During the Supreme Court challenge, the case of Dudgeon v. United
Kingdom was referred to on numerous instances. Jeffrey Dudgeon’s
legal case related to Britain’s decriminalisation of male homosexual
activity, which was enacted through the introduction of the SexualOffencesAct in 1967. This legal change followed the recommendations of the Wolfenden Committee established a number of years
earlier in August 1954. British authorities had become aware that
the number of men imprisoned for homosexual
Screening the Hollywood Rebels in 1950s Britain explores the relationship between classic American films about juvenile delinquency and British popular youth culture in the mid-twentieth century. The book examines the censorship, publicity and fandom surrounding such Hollywood films as The Wild One, Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause, Rock Around the Clock and Jailhouse Rock alongside such British films as The Blue Lamp, Spare the Rod and Serious Charge. Intersecting with star studies and social and cultural history, this is the first book to re-vision the stardom surrounding three extraordinarily influential Hollywood stars: Marlon Brando, James Dean and Elvis Presley. By looking specifically at the meanings of these American stars to British fans, this analysis provides a logical and sustained narrative that explains how and why these Hollywood images fed into, and disrupted, British cultural life. Screening the Hollywood Rebels in 1950s Britain is based upon a wide range of sources including censorship records, both mainstream and trade newspapers and periodicals, archival accounts and memoirs, as well as the films themselves. The book is a timely intervention of film culture and focuses on key questions about screen violence and censorship, masculinity and transnational stardom, method acting and performance, Americanisation and popular post-war British culture. The book is essential reading for researchers, academics and students of film and social and cultural history, alongside general readers interested in the links between the media and popular youth culture in the 1950s.
The making of a queer marketplace in pre-decriminalisation Britain
female sexual partners, a more bisexual use of the term that was in use by the late 1950s. 53 Either way, the term held definite sexual connotations that made clear the posters’ interest in homosexual activity.
By the December 1966 issue, published just months before the new SexualOffencesAct legalised consensual homosexual acts between men aged twenty-one and over conducted in private, the contact ads were gone but the magazine’s other queer elements all remained. 54 The Filk’ns were still advertising their Brighton bachelor rental apartment, now costing