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re: Tony and Riff
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 11:44 am EDT 05/09/21
In reply to: re: Tony and Riff - Sam890 02:51 pm EDT 05/08/21

I mean this respectfully, but I think your comments reflect an understanding of sexuality of a particular time and generation that are different to the conceptualisations of the time and different to the way understandings of sexuality have developed since the 70s and 80s. I know many many younger people today that would not bat an eyelid if a man in a relationship with a woman had had a previous sexual relationship with a man - and wouldn't need to couch it in terms of 'phases' at all."

I don't feel my comments reflect that at all. Again, while I think it's completely plausible that the characters of Tony and Riff might have been having a romantic/sexual relatonship, I also think that to imply such a relationship needlessly complicates a story that certainly has enough going on it it already.

That said, on a related note, some commentators over hundreds of years have felt that, as the characters in ROMEO AND JULIET are written, Mercutio is quite clearly in love with Romeo, whether or not they have actually had a romantic/sexual relationship. Food for thought.
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