That Jeff is an object for other people's pleasure becomes most apparent when he decides after Phil's death that he will still participate in the summer musical even though the teenagers in the show are largely responsible for his lover's death.
The author had to write for the teenager, but the adult controlled what was published and, equally as important, what was reviewed and selected for library and school purposes. Its offensiveness varies from one language to another; in French it was incorporated into ordinary words and expressions such as culottes" breeches ", and cul-de-sac.
When people are screaming for gay rights, and they sometimes are acting out of control and are dressed outlandishly — that really hurts gays in other countries. I think now he's converting it to courage. God created all species.
In spite of it all, I feel really lucky and blessed.
The reader never gains knowledge of the pleasure of Phil and Jeff's love for each other, not least because at the point of the novel in which Camilla describes their relationship, she still doesn't understand that they are gay. Better to go to hell a supporter of gay rights then to stay in heaven for all eternity with homophobic bigots.
L'Engle depicts lesbianism as pathological because it confuses Katherine's notions of gender.