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Shirley Temple: The Unwitting Coquette

Jen Baker Following the death of Hollywood child star Shirley Temple on February 10th this year, the media focused on her role as a girl who helped break down racial barriers and lift the spirits of a nation in the midst of the Depression, but whose childhood was simultaneously “stolen” […]

The Allure of the Castrato

Lisa Smith The typical Valentine’s Day menu highlights aphrodisiac foods, suggesting that it is a day to celebrate lust as much as love. To this end, I offer you an introduction to one of the sex symbols of the eighteenth century: the castrato. Eighteenth-century Europeans had known about eunuchs for […]

Glad To Be Gay in Scarborough (1980)

Bob Cant Collaboration between the procedurally correct trade union movement and the playful street theatre of the gay liberation movement was never going to be easy. My own trade union, National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) provides a case study of events typical of trade unions […]