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Fatuous reports corner

The Law Society has been investigating homophobia in city law firms, and has decided that 'constant trips to Spearmint Rhino, rugby matches and drinking sessions hold undertones of homophobia'.

I can appreciate that the average gay man might not be hugely keen on lap dancing clubs, although that would also apply to many women, and come to that, an awful lot of heterosexual men. As to rugby, well, there are gay rugby teams (The Kings Cross Steelers, is it?), and all the gay men I know are quite happy to pile into the booze. One might note that if gay men and women don't drink, an awful lot of bars must be rather foolish in targeting the pink pound.

This also has rather broader implications about one's liberty to spend one's free time as one wishes, as I very much doubt that any of the Magic Circle firms encourage trips to lap dancing emporia. It would seem to me that if off duty straight lawyers want to go to these places, that's their business, in exactly the same way that if groups of off duty gay lawyers want to go to venues that might not appeal to the average straight, that's no one's concern but their own.

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Blogger Serf said... 11:33 am

I love the inclusion of drinking sessions.

I know that it may be common to call someone who can't hold their beer a poof, but its not meant to be taken literally.  

Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 12:54 pm

I've never heard of a gay rubgby team before, you learn something new every day? Do they have their own fixture list, or are they just a one-off?

And yes, I agree, people should be able to make their own decisions about where to spend their free time, however undesirable it might appear to others.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:04 pm

Ellee, I first read about the Steelers some years back, and they look to have been going for about 11 years and have a full fixtures list. Good luck to them. More detail here.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 1:20 pm

I dont wish to be homophobic but the idea of getting into a scrum with a large number of muscular poofs rather alarms me )+:  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:30 pm

I think the Law Society's investigation holds undertones of incipient insanity.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:18 pm

The jealous provincials in the Law Society seem to think we City partners have more fun than we do.

Unless I am just with the wrong firm! ;^)  

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