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The Great Mirror of Same-Sex Love - Prose - 5. Winifred Holtby "Normal"

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from Women in a Changing Civilization

 

[People should] release their richness of variety. We still are greatly ignorant of our own natures. We do not know how much of what we usually describe as ‘feminine characteristics’ are really ‘masculine,’ and how much ‘masculinity’ is common to both sexes. […] We do not even know – though we theorize and penalize with ferocious confidence – whether the ‘normal’ sexual relationship is homo- or bi- or heterosexual.

—Winifred Holtby,[i]

1934

 

 


[i] from Women in a Changing Civilization” Winifred Holtby Not a Passing Phase (London 1989), p. 144 https://archive.org/details/notpassingphaser00lesb/page/144/mode/2up

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2 hours ago, Parker Owens said:

This is a prophetic voice for 1934. That first line is so very true.

Thanks, Parker. You've given me the idea to post a Holtby item as the fist entry of the poetry half of the Great Mirror on GA :yes:

 

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