'That law was the Obscene Publications Act and it was a crucial turning point. Why? Because dissent and morality; 'deviancy' and 'normalcy'; unprintable and printable were suddenly lawful concepts in the modern sense. This new law effectively invented modern obscenity. Before 1857 it wasn't 'homosexuality' - a term that didn't yet exist - that was a crime, but simply the act of sodomy. But in a single stroke, not only was love between men illegal, but anything referring to this love also became obscene, unprintable, unspeakable. And writers, editors and printers became the gatekeepers with a responsibility to uphold the morals of the society - followed by serious criminal penalties if they didn't. And as the act evolved, joined by other laws against sexual representation and speech, making their way to courts, the authors' or artists' intentions were deemed immaterial. What mattered was if the work in question had a 'tendency . . . to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences, and into whose hands a publication of this sort may fall'.'

This book was fascinating.

I am honestly surprised by how much I learnt whilst reading this book. Seeing how the laws changed in regard to homosexuality and why was really quite astonishing.

Not only was this book eye opening, it was completely heartbreaking. I was genuinely moved whilst reading some of the poems and letters that feature throughout this book.

It was hard for me to imagine the rhetoric and damage that was being spread throughout this time period. After reading this book, I was overwhelmed by how easy I found it to understand how these situations came to be.

Whilst we are definitely living in a better time, I isn't hard to imagine this sort of thing happening again.

I am so glad that I read this book and I truly believe everybody could learn a thing or two from it.

Outrages by Naomi Wolf is a must read for everyone.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker