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LGBTQ* History Behind The Story
THE CHILDREN’S HOUR
(You can watch the trailer to the film version here)
On 20 November 1934, Lillian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour opened on Broadway to rave reviews and sell-out audiences. It told the story of two Scottish schoolteachers, Marianne Woods and Jane Pirie, accused of lesbianism by one of their students, and was based on an actual case in 19th-century Scotland. The play was filmed in 1962 as The Loudest Whisper, in which the heroine’s epiphany is that she is, indeed, a lesbian, necessitates (as was the Hollywood tradition of the time with any gay character) that she die (in this case, suicide).
In reality, however, the two women in Scotland brought a successful legal action against the woman who had spread the original rumors. The notoriety of the case led the British authorities in the following year (1812) to debate the possibility of sex between two women. 
Their conclusion? Not Possible.
(text from: Baker, Michelle, and Stephen Tropiano. Queer Facts: the Greatest Gay and Lesbian Trivia Book Ever. London: Arcane, 2004)

I saw the theatrical piece in London this spring. Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss were fantastic as Karen and Martha. (Also: when I first saw the 1961 film I over-identified a little bit with the more butch lesbian - I always thought that the film implies that Karen is gay too, although she does not know it until the end. It does not help that my name is Marta.)

how I would have seen it in London too :(

feathers:

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* History Behind The Story

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR

(You can watch the trailer to the film version here)

On 20 November 1934, Lillian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour opened on Broadway to rave reviews and sell-out audiences. It told the story of two Scottish schoolteachers, Marianne Woods and Jane Pirie, accused of lesbianism by one of their students, and was based on an actual case in 19th-century Scotland. The play was filmed in 1962 as The Loudest Whisper, in which the heroine’s epiphany is that she is, indeed, a lesbian, necessitates (as was the Hollywood tradition of the time with any gay character) that she die (in this case, suicide).

In reality, however, the two women in Scotland brought a successful legal action against the woman who had spread the original rumors. The notoriety of the case led the British authorities in the following year (1812) to debate the possibility of sex between two women. 

Their conclusion? Not Possible.

(text from: Baker, Michelle, and Stephen Tropiano. Queer Facts: the Greatest Gay and Lesbian Trivia Book Ever. London: Arcane, 2004)

I saw the theatrical piece in London this spring. Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss were fantastic as Karen and Martha. (Also: when I first saw the 1961 film I over-identified a little bit with the more butch lesbian - I always thought that the film implies that Karen is gay too, although she does not know it until the end. It does not help that my name is Marta.)

how I would have seen it in London too :(

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    how I would have seen it in London too :(
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    I saw the theatrical piece in London this spring. Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss were fantastic as Karen and Martha....
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    We watched this in my history class about a month ago, and it was suuuuper interesting.
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