Mother Clap's Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England, 1700-1830
GMP, 1992 - 302 Seiten
This pioneering historical study is the first comprehensive chronicle of the English gay community at its 18th-century roots, sporting for the first time a distinctive subculture with its "molly houses", "sodomites' walks", "maiden names" and gay slang. Rictor Norton's research into trial records and contemporary documents establishes a vital cornerstone for the reconstruction of gay history. Challenging in its demonstration that the molly subculture was primarily a working-class community of blacksmiths, milkmen, publicans and shopkeepers, Mother Clap's Molly House also records the exuberant lives of personalities such as Charles Hitchin the "thief-taker", the dramatists Samuel Foote and Isaac Bickerstaff, William Beckford of Fonthill, and Rev. John Church, prosecuted for his blessing of gay marriages. All these are set against a backdrop of persecution, blackmail and the pillory. And yes, "Mother Clap's" actually was the name of a prominent molly house!
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In The Scourge of Villanie ( 1598 ) Marston goes further and refers to ' male stews
' , i . e . male brothels , and satirises a character who has his Ganymede as well
as his wench , though he prefers ' Cynick friction ' or masturbation to ' faire ...
By the beginning of the nineteenth century the Molly subculture had become the
Margery subculture , and young male prostitutes were known as Margeries , a
term that remained in use through the 1920s . By the early nineteenth century a ...
While male sex is portrayed in a fairly healthy manner , as rough and ready and
ordinary , lesbian sex is portrayed as being exquisite , not part of everday life , but
reserved for sumptuous and expensive brothels or strange and exotic secret ...
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, but was ultimately disappointed. The subject matter is very interesting. As the title says, Norton explores the begins of a distinct gay subculture ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Norton has focused on the Georgian Era, when he says that an organized gay subculture first emerged in London society. Prior to that, there may have been small groups at court or among a particular ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
The Birth of the Subculture
Mother Claps Molly House
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