How do the ‘Carry On…’ films reflect attitudes towards gender and sexuality?

The Carry On films (1958–1978) are a series of 30 British comedy films. For the purpose of this piece of work, I’m going to ignore the 31st film (1992)  for three reasons: firstly, my box set doesn’t include it, secondly my favourite stars of the franchise, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Williams, have died quite tragicContinue reading “How do the ‘Carry On…’ films reflect attitudes towards gender and sexuality?”

Pride: Lesbians and Gays supporting the miners 1984-85

Support groups throughout the UK were encouraged to pair with a mining community after the Thatcher administration stopped distributing the funds of the National Union of Mineworkers. The Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) was formed by Mark Ashton and Michael Jackson after the pair began collecting in the 1984 Pride march in London.Continue reading “Pride: Lesbians and Gays supporting the miners 1984-85”

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?”

A Town Rife with Rumour

Introduction ‘A Town Rife with Rumour’ is an article which featured in the News of the World on the 25th July 1954 which tells of a court case against seventeen men accused of same-sex desire offences.[1] Although not directly targeting the pink pound, the existence of this article demonstrates a link between homosexuality and capitalismContinue reading “A Town Rife with Rumour”

To what extent did the use of contraception increase as a result of feminist efforts during the first half of the twentieth century?

Introduction The twentieth century saw a revolutionary decline in fertility with an increased number of married couples utilising available methods of birth control.[1] Since the voluntary motherhood movement of the 1870s, women have been collectively striving to achieve control over their bodies, including their reproductive systems. This was followed by the birth control movement betweenContinue reading “To what extent did the use of contraception increase as a result of feminist efforts during the first half of the twentieth century?”

To what extent do you find the statement convincing that Victorian sexuality was shaped by a “contest between expression and repression”?

Introduction The Victorians are renowned for their prudery and hypocrisy surrounding the topic of sexual relations.[1]During the 19th Century Western countries viewed sex as a controllable force to be contained within the boundary of marriage.[2] Sexual activities conducted outside of this window (that were drawn to public attention) were therefore under the scrutiny of theContinue reading “To what extent do you find the statement convincing that Victorian sexuality was shaped by a “contest between expression and repression”?”

How did the visual arts of the Renaissance represent love & erotic desire?

Introduction Leonardo believed that creation through paint was superior to that created bywords; arguing that the purpose of artists and their art is to arouse love.[1] Love and erotic desire during the Renaissance period is represented through the revival of paintings and sculptures which are reminiscent of the Roman Gods and Goddesses; these highlight theContinue reading “How did the visual arts of the Renaissance represent love & erotic desire?”

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.”