How do British films made during the Second World War reflect contemporary attitudes to gender?

Introduction The term ‘gender’ is a social, cultural, and psychological construct which attributes specific traits and behaviours as being either male or female.[1] The films produced during the Second World War (1939-1945), in what Aldgate and Richards label the ‘Golden Age’ of film tend to focus on the home front, as opposed to the frontline,Continue reading “How do British films made during the Second World War reflect contemporary attitudes to gender?”

How is capitalism useful for understanding queer history?

Introduction In 2013, Witeck Communications estimated the buying power of the LGBT community in the USA to be around $830 billion, however the commercial viability of the ‘pink pound’ as a market segment is still being contested.[1] Business and media industries in the UK and the USA have both directly and indirectly targeted the queerContinue reading “How is capitalism useful for understanding queer history?”

The Social Construction of Gender Should be at the Centre of Historical Enquiry.’ Discuss.

Introduction Gender is defined as categorising males and females into groups based on the attributes associated with that sex, as opposed to the biological categorisation of genitalia,[1] implying that these categories are socially constructed; thus making the terms unstable and subjective.[2] Arguably this approach should be central to historical enquiry as the social construction ofContinue reading “The Social Construction of Gender Should be at the Centre of Historical Enquiry.’ Discuss.”