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famed fashion designer and feminine icon Submissions must be verifiable. Please link directly to a reliable source that supports the claim in your post title. Images alone do not count as valid references. BBC, Discovery, etc). Titles must be able to stand on their own without requiring readers to click on a link. Starting your title with a why/what/who/where/how modifier should be unnecessary. "TIL about ." and other broad posts don belong on TIL. Try /r/Wikipedia, etc. instead, or be more specific (and avoid the word "about"). "TIL how to ." posts belong on /r/HowTo. "TIL you can click on widgets in WidgetMaker 1.22"). All NSFW links must be tagged (including Moncler Down Men Jackets Black Rousseau Multi Pockets comments). (In fact, I was complimented once by someone saying that something I wrote reminded them of Blake style.) So I obviously a huge fan. But William Blake was also a man of his time. You say he wasn anti gay, antisemitic, etc. But you have to remember: His time period was nothing like ours. England didn have massive non white immigration. It was as lily white as lily white gets. He didn walk to the corner Indian restaurant to hang out with his Hindu, Jamaican and Vietnamese friends. That not what England looked like when he was alive. Even Jews were extremely rare. The first large scale Jewish immigration to the UK happened in the 1880s. Blake was born in 1757. Jews were actually banished from England in the year 1290 (by King Edward I). They didn return in any sizable numbers until Russia and Poland mounted pogroms in the 19th Century. So Blake probably never met a Jew in his life. Regardless of that fact, he was actually accused of antisemitism for something he wrote. In one of his visions, he foresaw the Jews repenting of their ways and converting to Christianity to seek salvation. [Google the terms "William Blake" and "antisemitism" and you see what I mean.] I have no idea what his opinions on the subject were, since "homosexuality" in his time period wasn perceived as it is now. The very term "homosexual" didn exist. (It was coined in the late 19th Century.) So the modern concept as gayness as an identity [akin to race] didn exist. You could commit a homosexual act, but Moncler K2 Multiple Logo Women Vest Cream you weren a "homosexual". It was a verb, not a noun. Today we see gays as a noun. It what a person is. In Blake time, an act could be homosexual, but not a person. Blake himself was not a homosexual. But many poets were. Especially some that he liked. I not trying to impose our present historical ideas on Blake, but there are refs in his work (and also in Alexander Pope I seem to remember I find it if you want Pope was a noble savage type reference and I not forgetting the trope of the noble savage is the opposite pole of the same distancing metaphor as the evil savage but nevertheless shows these issues were not foreign to these thinkers). Do you want me to look those quotes up? In case you can tell I also love Blake :) Blake engravings. You can look at them with the eyes of a modern person. Blake dealt in metaphor. Today, we very literalistic. For instance, Blake would depict a man soul in communion with his body. That what he was trying to get at. We today see the two figures and we like, "Hey, them two fags! Look it!" That not what the representations meant at all. But we been ruined. Kind of like how everyone on Reddit has been corrupted by Goatse. Now we see two hands pulling apart a donut and we all giggle insanely (because it calls to mind some Australian freak pulling apart his butt cheeks). You can unring that bell. Once you see it, you can unsee it. The rest of our culture is like that. When we taught to think in terms of homosexuality and literalism, we project our own modern ideas and attitudes onto things that don represent those things at all. In fact, we get skeptical and angry when someone Moncler Down Jacket Men With Rabbit Hooded Black suggests that our interpretation is off. "What? You really expect me to believe that those two hands pulling apart a donut aren supposed to be a reference to goatse?"