Justified & Ancient
- Jan 9, 2012
I shudder when I remember how homophobic the Sun and other tabloids were in the 80s - remember the Eastenders gay kiss and headline of "Eastbenders"...?Yup, this is how it's always been. It was apparent to us kids back in the Swinging 'Sixties.
Well, in London it was the Swinging Sixties. Up North we were approaching 1951. Slowly.
We'd hear about Beatniks and occasionally spot a man with long hair - possible reaching past the tops of his ears! - or watch the male dancers on TV shows, and my father would grumble 'Poofs!'* and 'The Permissive Society steps at my front door!'
Not an original thinker, he'd probably read the like in the Daily Mirror.
None of my mates had any idea that 'pouf' meant 'homosexual'. We didn't even know the word. 'Pouf' to us meant 'cissy'.
I can see now how worrying all this was for my parents' generation. The tabloids were warning that their children were about to become raging poufs, Women's Libbers, cannabis fiends, anti-war/pro abortion marchers, mixed-marriage partners, disability rights campaigners, you name it.
My kind of people.
*Oooh, as I was typing that the narrator of Hitler's Secret Sex Life on TV stated that homosexuality was believed to be so rife in the early 1930s Nazi Party, it was called 'a brotherhood of poofs'. That exact word 'poof' at the same time as I typed it.
If that's not an omen, I don't know what is.
With the likes of the Daily Mail and Telegraph etc it was more subtle but still there in bucketloads...