A Little Gay History | Banging Book Club | Hannah Witton


– Good. – Good, ladies. Everyone got their boobs in place? – Everyone got their ladies, okay. – Please don’t make that the thumbnail. (laughing) – Three women, six boobs, one thought. The Blair Witch Project:
A Feminist Edition. (laughing) Continue.
– Hey guys. Welcome to another episode
of The Banging Book Club. If you have no idea what’s happening, what the hell? There’s links in the description. Catch up. – This is a Lucy, and this is Lena. We’re your hosts. Are we the bangers? – I thought you were gonna boob graze me. (laughing) “And, this is Lucy.” “This is Leena.” – This month, we read a
little gay history, di-, no. (laughing) – Desires and devotions and history! – We read A Little Gay History, die. – Another episode where
none of us are drunk. (laughing) – We’ve not drunk this episode. Why is Banging Book Club become sober? – I told you I’m better on alcohol. No one believes me! – We read A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across
the World by R.B. Parkinson. This video is going to
be a very brief summary, what we thought of it kind of thing, and then there’ll be a link in description to our iTunes podcast. We’re on iTunes now. It’s very fancy. Where you can listen to us discussing it for a much longer period of time. – And then, review it
afterwards with a nice review. – Yeah, we’re giving people shout-outs if you give us nice reviews. Also, subscribe to our podcast. – Somebody said that was biased if we shout out people who
only give us good reviews, and I was like, “That’s
just called gratitude.” – [Hannah] Yeah!
– [Lucy] Yeah! – It’s like you only date
people that fancy you. (laughing) – That’s my favorite comparison! – Well, it’s true! Anyway. – Brief thoughts, ladies, go. – I didn’t like it very much. I think it should have been
an exhibition and not a book. – But, it is an exhibition! Go to the British Museum, and there’s loads of the objects there. – Yes, go on the hunt, treasure hunt. – It was like walking ’round
an exhibition really fast, and not having Google
with you, but that’s fine. (laughing) – I love that, “But, that’s okay!” – I really liked it on a lot of levels because I thought it was
like really short and, really, really short, newspaper articles about fun things you didn’t know about sex or not okay things you
didn’t know about sex. And, it was like, some of
them weren’t that related. – Yeah, it took you
through it chronologically, and it basically takes you through a bunch of different objects
and like what they meant and how they related to LGBT history. But, it also gives you,
like, a good foundation of like just the themes that come up in like the history of homosexuality, like– – Definitely thematic. – Stuff to do with identity
and labels and oppression, all that good stuff, and sub-culture. – Yeah, and I also think that if you’re not a history-ophile like our good friend Hannah is here. – Hi.
– And me! – I learn so many lessons
from Hannah in the podcast. And Lucy! If you’re not, but you’re
looking at certain– you wanna have a period that you’re like, “Oh, yeah, I actually really find this” “part really interesting.” It’s good to read one of these. I think everybody found a
bit that they were like, “I’d like to know more about this bitch.” – Virginia Wolfe. – It’s about not knowing
what you don’t know, and like some of this
stuff in here, I’m like, “I didn’t even know that I
could be interested in that.” “I didn’t know that part
of history was a thing.” – And, good nuggets, and
I do like the details. – Say nuggets again. – Nuggets, my Mancunian-ness
came out then, didn’t it? – My good nuggets of knowledge. – Nuggets. – What this book taught me was that we really don’t know much
about any kinda gay history just because we don’t know. So, this is definitely
the best way of presenting something for which we have no narrative. – Yeah, it starts some
really good discussions about appropriating labels, and how we label history in retrospect, which we talk about more on the podcast. – I really liked that it
covered the whole world, and not just the Western world. I completely forgot to
mention that in the podcast. – Yeah. – But, I actually learned
some stuff about India, like homosexuality was only
decriminalized in 2009. – But, it’s really great,
and I think learning about the history of homosexuality
and LGBT history is just like really important, especially when like understanding your identity and
understanding your oppression. And, I also think in terms of
just creating a community now, a cohesive and loving community, you need to know what your history is because knowing your like joint history is a way to like bring people together. – And, it’s also as like
as a straight person, it’s really good to remind
myself of what has been hidden from me when I learned
about normal history. And like acknowledging
that actually a lot of other people’s identities, historically, have been hidden from me. There’s no spoilers in the podcast, so you should probably
go and listen to it. – How can you spoil history? – Spoiler alert, it’s real. – So, if you wanna listen to the podcast, there’s a link in the description. Go listen to it. If you make your own video review things, tweet them at us using #bangingbookclub and I’ll find them. and add them to The
Banging Book Club playlist. Next month, we’re reading
Trumpet by Jackie Kay. (trumpet noise) – Oh, this smells really good. I’m gonna enjoy that. – Let’s have a sniff. – If you wanna join in the
discussions next month, make sure you pick up a copy of Trumpet and read it along with us. Announcement! (drum roll clapping) – Many thigh slaps! ASMR, people. – We’re gonna be at Summer in the City! (cheering) The Banging Book Club have
got a slot on the main stage! – We’re the main event. – Yeah. – On the Sunday. So, we’re gonna be there. – We don’t know what time yet. We’ll tell you, but just get hyped now. Get hyped, get hyped ! – If you have tickets
to Summer in the City, I think there are still tickets available. Get them, and we’re gonna
be doing like a live– – Book club thing. – It’s gonna be great. – All about the sex. – And the more mashers that
we have there the better. – That’ll be amazing. Please come, don’t leave us alone. – Oh no. – It’ll just be us three
talking in a room about sex. That’ll just be creepy.
– With all the echos. – That’s what’s happening right now. – Yes. – Yay! – Woo! – How do we sign out of these things? I’ve forgotten. We don’t have a real sign out, do we? – I think we should end this
the same way that we ended the podcast, but if they
haven’t listened to it yet, it will make no sense. Ready?
– Okay. – Seven, seven, seven, seven, seven. (laughing) – Oh my god, they’re gonna
think we’re part of a cult. (happy electronic music)

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65 thoughts on “A Little Gay History | Banging Book Club | Hannah Witton”

  1. Eamon Farhat says:


  2. Daniel Dixon says:

    absolutely love this 🙂

  3. Blank Canvas says:


  4. banrions says:

    the 7 thing is totally from friends right? monica talking about orgasms?

  5. Charlie / says:

    Enticing people to give good reviews by giving them something like a shoutout/etc I think comes across as unethical to some people as if you said that about say a book or another product it would be very largely looked down upon (like when Alfie did that with his books on amazon), I know a podcast is a bit different but yeah just explaining why some people mignt have had an issue haha

  6. Kotney says:

    I didn't listen to the podcast but I totally know what the Seven is about, ahhh it's so good to see just random bits and pieces of Friends all around the internets

  7. Kayla L says:

    The end was definitely a Friends reference. I think y'all should end every banging book club episode with that lol

  8. Heartbeat City says:

    Blooming heck am I early for a edition Of the banging book club
    23 view and 9 comments as I watch

  9. Stmontilla says:

    Hahaha makes sense to me. Monica is great.

  10. Heartbeat City says:

    The BangingBookClub is and always be my favourite book club and the only one I'll ever be subscribed to tbh

  11. Jay Dykes says:

    I'm only at sitc on the Saturday :(((((

  12. inkypurplesky says:

    Haven't listened to the podcast yet but still got the Friends reference 😛

  13. KiAb0n0V says:

    The best girl is in the middle 😀

  14. Emma Charlotte says:

    Officially hyped for banging book club at sitc

  15. Daniele Falasqui says:

    Totally a "Friends" thing. I always wanted to know which were the 7 zones.

  16. Harriet P says:

    Absolutely love these videos girls, they're fantastic <3

  17. Cassia says:

    sounds like one of the souvenir brochures museums sell as 'books'

  18. Lucy Moon says:


  19. Phantasm Poet says:

    How is being able to read a history filled with straight people a "privilege?" It makes no sense, privilege historically and in modern times denotes being born into wealth or otherwise having favorable conditions of birth or upbringing that give you an advantage over others. I think people are just using concepts like privilege to justify their hatred and bigotry or they have no self and see themselves as but a component of a larger hive mind. They need a "collective" to believe in themselves to do great things, which doesn't make any sense because as long as they have no self they are nothing no matter what. Just a hollow meat robot.

  20. Maggie Cheung says:

    Love these as always! Nerdy comment of the day: can we take a moment to appreciate Hannah's top as it reminds us of the Vintage Classics reprint cover design of Jane Austen's Emma? Be-a-u-tiful! ❤️

  21. Holly O'Connor says:

    Love you xx

  22. awkwardhughope says:

    This year, I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on the invisibility of the femme in 1920s Britain. A thematic approach seems apt, as LGBT history can become seriously problematic and teleological if treated entirely chronologically ! Good to hear it isn't plagued by eurocentrism too 🙂

  23. Jess says:

    Is there any non-Apple platform I can listen to the podcast on?

  24. The Mortal Fool says:

    I'm volunteering at SITC so hopefully I can sneak in/help out at your slot on the main stage! Very excited for you all!!

  25. Talyta Barcelos says:

    Hey! I've seen Friends!

  26. RhynoMedia says:

    Hannah! Got such a good idea for a video about sex from perspectives of different groups of people. Please get involved? Follow me on Twitter to chaaaat? @JackDoesVideos ps. I literally love you.

  27. Helena says:

    so sad that the north of the uk doesn't get SITC or anything similar!! would love to chat to yall irl ☺

  28. Daniel Hobgen says:

    6:09 'They're gonna think we're part of a cult'. I thought y'all were feminists which means you are.

  29. lazysun1 says:

    Great review! Can you please also post a Soundcloud link to the full discussion? 🙂

  30. Madeline Rose says:

    Loved the end!! 'Seven seven seven seven seven…!' good old Friends reference there 😉

  31. Jessi Quinn says:

    you guys should watch Before Stonewall and also check out Bare: a Pop Opera, which also touches on how Romeo and Juliet might not be entirely a straight narrative (and not just in the Mercutio interpretation)

  32. Sophia Elisa says:

    I feel like putting a + behind LGBT/LGBTQIAP/LGBTQ would maybe be better 🙂 it includes everyone. other than that: great video!! x

  33. somethingsoon says:

    I must know what lipstick Lucy is wearing!!

    Also, this book was really interesting especially since i'm not very well versed in history. LEARNING IS FUN, YOU GUYS.

  34. Jay Rod says:

    Damn Hannah, why you got to be so damn fine? 😏

  35. Sophia Richter says:

    haven't listened to the podcast, but still obviously get the ending –

  36. AJ Thrace says:

    Enjoyed the podcast! The idea of labeling other people's identities is interesting. I knew that I was gay before I had a word for it. Even though I had no word for it doesn't mean that I wasn't gay at that time. It gets grey because we have a strong emphasis on self defining currently, but I would think that we could perhaps say of some figures in history exhibited homo-romantic or homosexual ideas and or actions. Another thought would be do we always only use words to talk about history that were available to the people of that time to describe things or ideas?

  37. Ryan Ellis says:

    You three are entertaining in these videos! I love these books where you can gather an understanding on different culture groups.

  38. lonestormtooper says:

    I assume the seven is a Friends reference?

  39. Hilary says:

    I was at Chitty tonight can't believe I didn't see you! 😧 hope you enjoyed it xxx

  40. Cerys Cole says:

    omggg i wanna see you at sitc im going ahhhh!!!!!

  41. Emma Lynch says:

    I haven't listened to the podcast yet but I see the 'Friends' reference 😉

  42. Eleanor Stephenson says:

    this masher is luckily only there on the sunday 😉 see you there xo

  43. Boob Pocket says:

    I don't…have iTunes

  44. Ilhaam says:

    Leena's hilarious 😂😂😂

  45. chiefdancingostriche says:

    hello, (i say in high pitched voice)

  46. Samuel Johnson says:

    I love your content even if I don't always agree. You keep doing you. Never stop and never let anyone make you feel like your opinion doesn't matter.

  47. A little bit of Monika says:

    the Friends reference was the best thing ever

  48. Faye Vieren says:

    That Friends reference killed me hahaha

  49. Sara says:

    looking forward to next month! I saw Jackie kay talk about trumpet and do a reading of it a few years ago at an English conference and she's absolutely brilliant.

  50. alice M says:

    Love your top hannah! Where's it from? x

  51. queenlucysroyalmaid1 says:

    I have limited funds until next week, so I'm trying to wait until the last minute to get SITC tickets… but I'm totally panicked I won't be able to go! :'( giving it until tomorrow, then I'm gonna buy them.

  52. Ruch Aristurle says:

    Clarification: Homosexuality has not yet been decriminalized in India. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes homosexuality as "against the order of nature" was repealed with respect to sex between consenting adults by the New Delhi High Court in 2009. But that judgement was overturned by the Supreme Court in December 2013. The court held that amending or repealing Section 377 should be a matter left to Parliament, not the judiciary. As of now, any non-heteronormative sexual relationship is a criminal offense in India.

  53. Bookaholic Banter says:

    Haha! I haven't watched your podcast yet but that's Monica from Friends. Funny episode.

  54. Libby Payne says:

    That friends reference though ❤️❤️❤️

  55. ladyquance says:

    how could people NOT get that friends reference though?? SEVEN! ahaha

  56. Rachel O says:

    Gotta love a good Friends reference

  57. Alex Teoli says:

    Monica Geller!!

  58. DeusViator says:

    Gotta get a little Hadrian up in here. Maybe a little Caesar too.

  59. xylene says:

    Haha! Loved the Friends reference at the end there! 🙂 Thanks for the book recommendation!

  60. Unirpb23 says:

    havent seen the podcast but….monica!

  61. Serena Bailey says:

    Will the full podcast no longer be posted on soundcloud now that you have the iTunes platform? As somebody without access to any apple products I think that means that I (and anyone else in my position) will be unable to listen anymore. Something I thought you might like to consider! X

  62. Vinícius Manhães Andrade says:

    I didn't listen to the podcast, but, Monica Geller.

  63. PeepsILoveEllie says:

    "The Blairwitch Project: The Feminist Edition" where can I watch? :p

  64. daisyjsore says:

    I got the ending wooo

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