Just because the writer was naive doesn’t mean to say the rest of the world wasn’t. People knew who was gay and who wasn’t, in the Eighties and before that. It was not talked about, or paraded. In some ways, society was more tolerant, in other ways not. I remember interviewed by the group md and the finance director in the Eighties for a new job in the company I worked at. They were visibly shocked that I was not married at 27 and it was obvious they thought I must be a homosexual, which was not welcome. I had to bite my tongue not to say I am not a homosexual. It would not have had any effect. The presumption otherwise would have been I was an irresponsible roue. I was not of course. But I would have been protesting too much. Of course, I did not get the job. Now, we are condemned as prejudiced if we disapprove of homosexuals. I think we should disapprove of unmarried roues, especially those who use escort girls, or used them before getting married in their sixties.
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