Friday, 25 April 2008
Carl Giles in “The Daily Express” 18 April 1974
Giles’s traditional working class family faces up to fears about trendy modernising of education. Toddlers calling one another “duckie” would seem to have little to do with homosexual relationships. But it converts anxiety, or even anger, into just silly and ridiculous stereotypes. A genial cartoon fit for all the family isn’t even going to hint anything worse. Although what this evasion in itself is suggestive of is the fear of explicitness that might arise from these lessons.