Don’t Mention the Milkman

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

As anyone familiar with Paul Baker’s fantastically camp Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language would expect, his new book, in spite of its bleak subject matter, is more uproarious than self-pitying. Section 28, introduced in May 1988 by the Thatcher government (though it had originated on the backbenches the previous year), forbade […]

Beyond the Battle of the Sexes

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

I know it’s facetious to say that sometimes I feel like a lesbian trapped in a man’s body. How can I, a cisgender heterosexual male, know what it is like to be a lesbian? But whenever I read about masculinity, it seems I don’t know what it’s like to be a man in a man’s body either. The meaning of masculinity has been contested for as long as I can remember. I was an adolescent during the rise of the ‘new man’, who was not only happy to eat quiche but keen to bake it and clear up after himself too. Boorish machismo was out and quiet sensitivity was in. But then came the ‘new lad’ backlash. It transpired that

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