"Prior to 1885, sexual assaults on boys over the age of 13 and falling short of rape were not crimes. The impetus for the new law—its main purpose—was to protect boys, not to punish consenting adults." LD
Because "one of those other things he had been lying about was precisely what Queensberry accused him of doing: seeking sexual pleasure from young men. Had Wilde only been forthright about the matter, his downfall might have been avoided."
Oscar Wilde purposefully acted childishly in court putting himself in further jeopardy and also wasn't honest from the start. He also put himself in the position knowing he was in the wrong and therefore is responsible. -SB
Instead of charging Oscar Wilde and the men he had intimate relationships with, the court targeted him and let everyone else get away with gross indecency. The court also punished Wilde more than they would've with a normal case of gross indecency because he was well known. -SB
Wilde acted with himself in his mind throughout the case and his life. Many of the boys he had relationships with were probably dazzled by his celebrity, which Wilde used to become intimate with them. He also had a wife and children and didn't consider the effects that his lifestyle had on them. SJ
But the prosecuting side was also hypocritical. They were prosecuting Wilde for gross indecency when their key witnesses were guilty of it themselves and never prosecuted. The case was based off of a personal grudge by Queensberry since his son was involved and the whole case was compromised. SJ
Oscar Wilde knew that the charges against him were true, and rather than following the advice of his friends and leaving the country or leaving the matter alone, he brought a case against Queensberry for libel when he was advised that he didn't have a good case and should leave it alone. SJ
Wilde was quite selfish throughout all of this. With disregard to the gay community and disregard to the younger boys he had relationships with, he ruined their lives. Not only are homosexuals viewed as dangerous people now, he completely ignored the economic/family dynamic impact on the youths. PP
He states he needs danger and excitement for art, but is that a necessity? Is the definition of danger and excitement taking advantage of younger people? Having intimate relationships with boys significantly younger than him? No it is not. There are other ways to achieve excitement and danger. PP
Yes, Oscar Wilde's conviction was partly self-inflicted, but what about the testimony from Queensberry? He essentially saved his and his son's public image and reputation before Oscar. Since the relationship between Oscar and Douglas was mutual, why isn't Douglas wasn't prosecuted as well? PP
The argument that Wilde was dishonest is completely correct. Queensberry's charge against Wilde was true, yet Wilde brought a libel case anyway. Wilde also lied to his lawyer by saying, in effect, "no," after being asked whether "there is...any foundation for the charges made against you." LM
The contention misunderstands what it means, and what it takes to be an artist. Wilde himself said that artists need to experience danger and excitement in order to create meaningful and great art, as Wilde did. Without these experiences, no artist could successfully be true to his craft. LM
In acting the way he did, Oscar Wilde, did not take into account or seem to care about the impact his relationships with young male prostitutes, plus all his lying, would have on his own wife and children. This may have easily had a negative long term effect on the wife and the children's lives. LM
Oscar Wilde has been proven guilty for gross indecency. There have been many people that can prove his illegal sexual relationships. One of them being with Queensberry's son and Queensberry does admit to this and this is why Wilde is being charged.
Oscar Wilde caused harm to himself but also brought down the younger men that he was in relationships with. Their reputations were ruined and their lives were definitely impacted. All of this because some of they had low economic status. CS