[DWJ] Re: Dwj Digest, Vol 24, Issue 4
Belben, Philip (Energy Wholesale)
Philip.Belben at eon-uk.com
Mon Aug 20 04:56:37 EDT 2007
Devra quoted I can't remember whom:
> Therefore, I am going
> to write a book in which witchcraft is a metaphor for homosexuality,
> in order to
> edify and inform my loyal readers of the problem."
> Is that what it's about?? I must be a very dim reader....
This has been discussed before, and one or two people have put this as a
I haven't joined in the discussions because my view didn't add very much
at the time, but since you ask (and I get the opportunity to be first):
1. The book can be interpreted that way on a strictly metaphorical
level, and it is a valid interpretation.
2. If you bring it to this level of metaphor, however, it could equally
be applied to any other situation in which discrimination becomes a
phobia: Racism, xenophobia, misogyny, anti-intellectualism, and so on;
and such an interpretation would be just as valid.
I think people have picked up on the homophobia metaphor because that is
a hot issue today. I'm not convinced it was so hot an issue a quarter
of a century ago when the book was written. And at a not-too-different
point in history, all the people saying today that it's about homophobia
would have been saying it was about anti-semitism.
I therefore prefer to see it as about (in so far as it is "about" these
issues at all) discrimination generally, and not about any particular
form that happens to be topical.
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