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Heroes of British Dentistry

Posted in General, On This Day on May 25th, 2014 by Eugene Finerman – 1 Comment

May 25, 1895: Oscar Wilde was convicted of “committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons”.

Yes, when accused of being a Sodomite, Wilde sued for libel on the rationale that he really was more of a Gomorrahite. It is an interesting defense: two different cities and apparently two different positions. Given the British standards of dental hygiene, gomorrahy could even be justified as desperately needed flossing. Unfortunately, at his trial Wilde invoked every ancient Greek but Hippocrates. So he was imprisoned for Homer-sexuality.

And here is a tribute to a vilified Victorian who might have won a libel case…

The Edward Bulwer-Lytton Anti-Defamation League