Class differences influenced perceptions of homosexuality and patterns of regulation. Henceforth, the police adopted a less proactive approach to regulating the sexual misconduct of their superiors. Juries indignantly acquitted all the gentlemen rounded up and newspapers vilified the constables for their degrading behaviour.
Caribbean Life. A shorter version of this review was originally published in the English Historical Reviewcxxv.
This book examines changing perceptions of sex between men in early Victorian Britain, a significant yet surprisingly little explored period in the history of Western sexuality. Be the first. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. Please try again. It is a major contribution to our understanding of sex between men in a period of dramatic change.
In this respect especially, it is to be regretted that the book lacks illustrations. His very detailed class analysis of the press coverage of unnatural assault concludes that the middle-class Times covered twice as many cases as other papers, in an objective manner, self-consciously cultivating its civic responsibility; the upper-class Morning Post concentrated mostly on cases involving extortion of gentlemen; and the working-class Weekly Dispatch looked more closely at the prosecutions of working men and had the most colourful headlines, e.
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Moreover, Upchurch distinguishes himself by placing the events he recounts in their social, cultural, and political context, and by his well-informed reflections on the implications of class and race for the matters under discussion.
A quarter of the press reports on same-sex conduct in the years to focused on extortion charges involving attempted sodomy. Henceforth, the police adopted a less proactive approach to regulating the sexual misconduct of their superiors.