plays: the history boys


“I’m reluctant at this stage in the game to expose you to new ideas, but having taught you all history on a strictly non-gender-orientated basis I just wonder whether it occurs to any of you how dispiriting this can be? Can you for a moment imagine how depressing it is to teach five centuries of masculine ineptitude.

Why do you think there are no women historians on TV? I’ll tell you why: Because history’s not such a frolic for women as it is for men. Why should it be? They never get around the conference table. In 1919, for instance, they just arranged the flowers, then gracefully retired. History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.

And I’m not asking you to espouse this point of view, but the occasional nod in its direction can do you no harm.”

- MRS. LINTOTT (The History Boys 2006)


300 FAVORITE MOVIES (in no particular order)

214. The History Boys (2006)

“Reckless, impulsive, immoral — how come there’s such a difference between the way you teach and the way you live? Why are you so bold in argument and talking, but when it comes to the point, when it’s something that’s actually happening — I mean, now you’re so fucking careful!”


inspired by @asexualscrippsinstagram account for scripps

i got real sad that there wasn’t one for posner too (considering he’d be an instagram whore) so here is my labour of love from the last 4 hours

reasons to watch the history boys
  • deals with loads of topics
  • shows how kids just accept differences
  • explores spirituality
  • 80s clothing in full flow
  • james corden as a prostitute
  • “I got all the points” “I didnt say it was wrong, i said it was dull” - school in a nutshell
  • shows closeted homosexuality
  • mrs lintott is an absolute legend
  • shows how some teachers care and some just care about grades
  • mrs lintott and her boys
  • coming out
  • theyre all massive nerds
  • the PE kits
  • mr irwin #downwiththekids
  • “these aren’t women, theyre men with tits and and the tits look like theyve been put on with an ice scream scoop”
  • absolute tunes
  • asexual scripps
  • “i’d say he was cuntstruck”
  • deals with paedophilia - how it gets ingrained in culture and how people cover it up
  • timms v poetry
  • “i didn’t lose any relatives in the dissolution of the monasteries did i”
  • working class v private school
  • dakin is bisexual pass it on
  • sexual harassment in the workplace
  • sheffield
  • the reading quote
  • “jesus christ will save your life lad!” “Im jewish sir”
  • dakin sans pants
  • they all get called out on their sexism
  • rudge gets in on a basic lie
  • people think rudge is thick but he got ABB at Alevel #cry
  • a brilliant plot twist