Ac c e pta n c e o f h o m o s e x u a l it y For me the thought of homosexuality being a criminal offence is inexplicable. This led may people to lead a secret life, as if they were caught they would face horrific consequences. There was a Sexual Offences Act 1967 that legalised homosexual acts in private between two men, both of whom had to have attained the age of 21. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 overhauled the way sexual offences are dealt with by the police and courts, replacing provisions in the Sexual Offences Act 1956 as well as the 1967 Act. The offences of gross indecency have been deleted from statutory law, and sexual activity between more than two men or women is no longer a crime in the United Kingdom. Further development arose in 2005, same-sex couples are allowed to enter into civil partnerships, a separate union which provides the legal consequences of marriage. It was just announced (7th December 2012) on the BBC website that the Coalition government was going to extend the right to have a same-sex marriage conducted in a place of worship provided the religious body approved. Therefore have legalised both civil and religious same-sex marriage. Alongside the law changing, societies views on homosexuality have changed enormously, which is evident in the media and shown in society.
T h e r e a r e s ti l l s t e r e ot y p e s Of course gender stereotypes are still seen today, but the evolution from the 18th century to the 21st century has changed dramatically. At the pinnacle of gender stereotypes is colour. Blue for a boy and pink for a girl. It is an in built, intrinsic behaviour. To represent this I found professional imagery of my brother Mark and myself when we were younger, which confirmed this idea, I was dressed in a pink and purple flowery dress and Mark was in traditional blue.
L o o ki n g at S o a p & G l o ry From purchasing some of soap and glory’s products, what has always captured my attention is the packaging. The use of playful, ‘tongue and cheek’ language and the 1950s poster style makes a unique outer packaging, which allows it to stand out from the multiple beauty brands. When visiting their website it was interesting to see their creative approach to the company and also their video links that were showing the process of transformation without featuring airbrushing, which was refreshing. Soap and glory demonstrate how to make the old, new. This creates a unique modern design. Imagery from: http://www.soapandglory.com.
E x plo r i n g a Co ntrov e r s i a l s e r i e s The BBC describes Till Death Us Do Part as giving ‘Britain a comedic way to understand the changes hitting it in the 1960s and 1970s.’ From watching clips on YouTube it is very different to what is allowed to be broadcast today on television. It shows a bigoted man who can not stand women getting above themselves, but I feel it was trying to show everything wrong with the nation at that time in one man and it should not be taken in an offensive way. I think some people if they watched it out of context would find it offensive, especially as society today is more sensitive to the language and topics that they discuss. The BBC quoted from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/ tilldeathusdopart/ The clip found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=BNSbMNl9K7Q
The BBC news article, shown above, was a shocking report of a man, John Crawford, who only found he had a criminal record for being homosexual when he applied for voluntary work.