This picture is from Mortimer Chamber’s The Western Experience, a pretty generic “Western Civ”-type textbook for college students. The painting (“Many Happy Returns of the Day”) is by one William P. Frith, and is supposed to communicate middle class/bourgeois domesticity in 19th century England. Frith apparently painted a lot of upstanding family scenes with moralistic overtones. He was married to Isabelle and had twelve children. At the very same time, down the road, he and his mistress, the sweet Mary Alford (his former ward), sired seven more children. Was this a first sign of bourgeois decadence? Discuss.
I do not understand this blog's ardent support of homosexuality. Such activity was criminalized in the USSR from 1933 onward. The same was true for I think all of the other Warsaw Pact countries. The DDR viewed homosexual behavior as "a remnant of bourgeois decadence, a sign of moral weakness, and a threat to the social and political health of the nation." Friedrich Engels also criticized sodomy in some of his works. You seem to be simply pandering to so-called progressives in the West.