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Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love – blazes with passion – The Irish Times

Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love – blazes with passion  The Irish Times

In Outrages, Naomi Wolf turns her gaze towards Victorian Britain when, she argues, the suppression of homosexuality and strict censorship created the modern concept of homophobia. The spine of the book is the story of the English poet and critic John Addington Symonds, the subject of Wolf’s doctoral thesis, and she suggests, one of the originators of the modern gay rights movement. Wolf postulates in the book that Symonds lived his life in fear of the possibility of penal servitude or execution. However within days of publication, Wolf had to admit that she was completely wrong in asserting...

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