Sunday, 30 November 2014
Attitudes To Homosexuality
In Poul Anderson's "The Game of Glory," published in 1958, when I was nine, Dominic Flandry, reflecting on the consequences for "...earnest, well-intentioned young patriots..." whose revolution has been defeated, thinks:
"...I suppose it all serves the larger good. It must. Our noble homosexual Emperor says so himself."
-Poul Anderson, Captain Flandry: Defender Of The Terran Empire (New York, 2010), p. 338,
- with the clear implication that homosexuality is reprehensible.
In Anderson's "Death And The Knight," published in 1995, when I was forty six, Manse Everard says of a homosexual relationship:
"'I'm not passing moral judgments. On the contrary...People's bedrooms are none of my business.'"
-Poul Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), p. 756.
Two stages: disapproval; denial of disapproval. The third stage is the assumption, without needing to state it, that this is not a matter for either approval or disapproval.