Tuesday, November 18, 2003
As “The Invisible Visitor” flew into “Fortress London”, I was occupied watching laughable media and right wing hyperventilation following a 4-3 ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts which invalidated a state ban on same-sex marriages and redefined the Massachusetts common law definition of marriage as "the voluntary union of two persons as spouses, to the exclusion of all others."
I’ve neglected blogging for the preparation of a meal of specific thanksgiving that also handily serves as a dry run for next week’s more general holiday.
In the midst of the hot air may I offer some photographs for your consideration?
This first is from David Deitcher’s Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918.
The picture of two seated men was taken in 1860.
This is a frame from Edison’s 1895 experimental sound film The Gay Brothers.
And, this is a newspaper photograph of the very happy 1939 National League Champion Cincinnati Reds.
Note, on the far right side of the photo, the particularly intimate public embrace.
The book containing this image does not identify these players and I am not suggesting anything about the sexuality of the men in any of the photographs.
I am suggesting, no matter today’s naïve fundamentalist outrage, the wacky perversions of a predatory media and ubiquitous technology that human behavior has changed little over the millennia.
Photos: The Independent, Dear Friends, The Celluloid Closet and Yesterday’s Cincinnati