The Magazine's riddle: the solution

Andrea Re

Message 58571 · 4 May 2010 18:01:15 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Campbell Personal ha scritto:
>
> But back to
> Andrea and his cover story - despite having said he is coming out :-) -
> having not seen the cover yet myself I am free to imagine what it might be
> like, and of course we are told that different people see different things
> when looking at the same image. And isnt that what Andrea is highlighting
> for us - that there might be a significant number of people out there who
> will jump to the conclusion, being predisposed to do so, that the men
> involved are gay. Now this may or may not be a good thing and the question
> Andrea is raising is - does the RSCDS want to be seen as gay neutral/ gay
> friendly/ gay exclusive? I would hope that the RSCDS is wanting people of
> all persuasions to be part of the dancing scene - does the cover advance
> that image or not? I shall have to wait to see, but in the mean time my
> imagination is running riot!! :-)
>
Thank you Campbell... I started thinking I could not get my message across.

Just a couple of quick points... Don't know anything of US military, but
the imagery of muscular men wearing tight fitting military clothing
doing some wrestling I think has been hijacked a long time ago:)

Regarding the highly esteemed reel of the 51st, when it is danced by an
all men's set it does look quite camp to me... Proof is that when it was
done here (and I was in the set) it had to be de-campified (assuming
such a word exists), meaning that it wasn't RSCDS any more: we did high
cuts, elbow grips, no dancing shoes, etc. Don't know which version is
danced as a dem overseas, but here it was deemed that the RSCDS version
was somewhat (and rightly so, I might add) unsuitable for men dancing.
Besides it would be interesting to know what the PoWs actually did in
the camp (no pun intended), before the dance was parsed (or should I say
"purified") by the society.

For me the editor of the magazine is, unwittingly I am sure, treading a
very fine (and dangerous) line. For those who are cinema buffs I'll
mention La grande illusion <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028950/>, the
French masterpiece about WWI PoWs. In this film there is a very famous
scene where the PoWs put on stage some sort of French cabaret (with some
can can as well) and since they were only males some were in drag (can't
remember who gave them the dresses now). I can only imaging that the
creation of Reel of the 51st would have been something similar (without
the dresses though:). Jean Renoir managed to shoot that scene, over 70
years ago, in a way that anybody in their right mind could possibly
describe as camp (despite the word probably hadn't been invented yet); I
can only say that perhaps the editor(s) of the magazine don't have the
same knack.

Enough of that. I MUST get some work done.

Oh yes, I have my computer set to "ask for receipt" as it is useful for
work, but it does have its drawbacks, one being getting flooded by junk
e-mails from this list.

One last thing: nothing wrong with men dancing with men or on the
woman's side; I have done it a few times and I would have done it many
more had I not been frowned upon and told not to do it quite vigorously
(on several occasions, and when I got my way I was left under uncertain
terms of what some people thought).

Andrea (fae Dundee & Falkirk)

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