- To introduce my new puppy (which one should I choose?)
- Homosexual fashion group seminar presentation - Narmaya and Sophia?
- Research presentations.
- ARE YOU STRESSED? PAGES.
Puppies on YouTube
My quotes from this week's reading
For most homosexuals the 1930s through to the 1950s were characterized by the very real fear of exposure, blackmail and imprisonment. In both Britain and America the police were conducting a virtual witch-hunt of homosexuals (Weeks 1990; Marcus 1992; Loghery 1998; Berube 1990). In Britain this led to events like the Montague trials [Lord Montague and others were accused of indecent assault in 1953]. Gay men also had to contend with the threat of vigilante anti-gay violence and strove to remain invisible in public (Brighton Ourstory Project 1992: 37). (Cole in Welters and Lillethun, 2011. p.216).
In the light of society's and the law's attitudes toward gay men, they devised a variety of tactics that allowed them to move about more freely, to appropriate for themselves spaces that were not marked as gay, and to construct gay space in the midst of, yet invisible to, the dominant culture.
(Cole in Welters and Lillethun, 2011. p.217).
5 December = Narmaya, Sophia, Amy, Lucy.
12 December = Karen, Rosie, Karen.
Hot of the press (literally at 6.40.am this morning) two contemporary gay news stories showing a changed attitude to homosexuality.
Christian hotel told that they are not allowed to ban gay couples
The Christian owners of a hotel in Cornwall who banned a gay couple from staying have lost their final battle in the British courts to win legal support for their selective guest policy.
The supreme court unanimously dismissed an appeal by Peter and Hazelmary Bull that their right to express their religious beliefs had been breached.
The Bulls operate a policy at their hotel, stated on their online booking form, that double bedrooms are available only to "heterosexual married couples".
The case was originally brought by Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, a gay couple, whose booking was refused in September 2008.
The supreme court judges said that although the Bulls' rights under the European convention on human rights to manifest their religion were at issue it was justifiable and proportionate to limit them in order to protect the rights of others.
Delivering judgment, the deputy president of the supreme court, Lady Hale, said: "Sexual orientation is a core component of a person's identity which requires fulfilment through relationships with others of the same orientation."
Homosexuals, she added, "were long denied the possibility of fulfilling themselves through relationships with others … This was an affront to their dignity as human beings which our law has now (some would say belatedly) recognised.
"Homosexuals can enjoy the same freedom and the same relationships as any others. But we should not under-estimate the continuing legacy of those centuries of discrimination, persecution even, which is still going on in many parts of the world." (Bowcott, 2013).
she says, she has noticed a rise in the number of straight girls coming on to her in the past year. "It seems like the wild thing to do because it's more talked about." She thinks it's partly about "women allowing one another to be sexual beings rather than seeing other women as a threat". In some ways, this is one of the unexpected boons to have come out of feminism. (Theobold, 2013).
WHAT HAVE I LEARNED?
Get a puppy
Bowcott, O. (2013) 'Christian guesthouse owner loses appeal over right to bar gay couples', 27 Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/27/christian-guesthouse-owners-appeal-gay-couples (Accessed 28 November 2013).
Cole, S. in Welters, L. and Lillethun, A. (eds.) (2011) The fashion reader. 2nd end. Oxford: Berg.
Theobold, S. (2013) 'Lesbianism: sexual fluidity is a fact of life for women', 26 Guardian [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/26/lesbianism-women-sexual-fluidity-same-sex-experiences (Accessed 28 November 2013).