babel: (beatles - india robert)
babel ([personal profile] babel) wrote2009-10-19 04:55 pm

Another day for you to realize me.

So... how do you write a story about someone whose voice you do not know at all? I mean, not even textual quotes, just completely second hand stuff. Is it even possible? I am very dialogue-heavy so, I'm at a loss.

Speaking of which, I have found... at least two sources who describe Robert Fraser (the shirtless young man in my icon) as a "promiscuous" homosexual, and it's taken me a while to figure out why that was really bugging me. And I realized, ah!, with all the research I've done on the Beatles, I don't think that I've ever heard one of them described as promiscuous (much less a promiscuous heterosexual, as if that term would ever be used). I think Paul was playfully called "a bull about town" in reference to his knocking up women and paying them off (!!!) in one of the sources, but not promiscuous. No, I only hear that word about women and gays. Straight men are just being ~manly~ when they fuck around, right?

I feel like there is also some slut shaming language--is that the appropriate term concerning men?--toward Brian Epstein (also gay, for those of you who are new here) in a lot of the sources, and it's always kind of bugged me, considering... well it's in stark contrast to the language used in reference to the Beatles themselves and their exploits.

I don't know. I am feeling the urge to do some more in depth research into this to put together a cohesive argument. Just something to think about.

Other stuff is going well and badly, depending on which stuff. Classes are in the bad section, but I'm muddling my way through.
naraht: Brian Epstein (beatles-Psychedelic)

[personal profile] naraht 2009-10-20 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
Your observation is very true. Straight men are very rarely described as promiscuous. I also encountered the term in a book about the Covent Garden opera house...

A man of refined tastes, Epstein held susbscriptions to the Tuesday night and Musica Viva concerts of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and became friendly with its promiscuous conductor, John Pritchard. As the Beatles took off, Epstein hired a record counter manager from Lewis's, Peter Brown, with whom he was 'best friends.' Brown moved in with Pritchard.

Says it all, doesn't it? But I'd love to see a longer post from you on the topic. Brian's liaisons were of course dangerous as well as numerous, but I agree that he is being held to a somewhat different standard.