Discussione:Scandalo Moltke-Eulenburg

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Still, Harden, who was said to serve as Bismarck’s mouthpiece, attributed Eulenburg’s untrustworthiness to his homosexuality. Even if Eulenburg was biologically a man, psychically he possessed womanly traits and everything negative that femininity symbolized. The bias was that effeminate men were weak in politics: such men could not only be expected to pursue peacemaking but to avoid war at the cost of accepting political humiliation.(285) Hackneyed prejudice against women and homosexuals fueled the hostility toward pacifism that surfaced with the anti-Eulenburg campaign. Harden warned of a host of risks that would come with having homosexuals in high-ranking political offices, claiming that they possessed a distorted perception of reality because they were forced to hide behind a mask and could only exercise their political functions from behind a façade that influenced the way in which they perceived things and the way in which they communicated with higher officials. Harden struck another common stereotype in maintaining that homosexuals were incapable of exercising neutral judgment. Consonant with this view was that homosexuals had no neutral interests, only private interests. It was believed that in politics homosexuals would unite and conspire to encircle the emperor and render him inaccessible to outside influences. Harden also feared that p. 137 homosexual solidarity would lead to the erosion of class differences. According to Harden’s paranoid logic, homosexuals would feel compelled to overlook class differences and thereby grant members of the lower classes access to the emperor. Harden not only feared that they would make class boundaries more porous, but also that the national boundaries would erode. In his view, this trend posed an immediate threat and had to be eradicated for the sake of national security. Inevitably, the parallels between the Eulenburg with the Dreyfus Affair (1894), which was still fresh in everyone’s mind, would be lost to few. It was clear that the Eulenburg Affair was also not a situation without the potential for blackmail of high ranking politicians. [1]


  1. Elena Mancini, A brighter shade of pink. Magnus Hirschfeld, the third sex, and the sexual freedom movement in Germany, tesi di dottorato, 2007, online su RuCore, pp. 136-137.