Posts Tagged ‘Culture



Michael Lucas

“Homosexuality in porn idustry spins around asshole. I call it anal fascism.”


Daddy and Papa

Johnny Symons, 2002. Daddy and Papa

Daddy & Papa explores the psychological and social impact of four gay couples who are making a controversial decision that turns out to be the most traditional thing in the world: to parent children. This is now well known that single parenting is a major part of our understanding of “American family.” About 26.2% of all children under 21 living in families have a parent not living at home. But the “average” American still assume a gay couple walking with their child on the street as a straight dad with dad’s buddy hanging out with dad and child. This is not a culture war, but rather a battle of culture versus nurture. Are children raised by same sex (male) parents harmed by not having a mother? Should gay white men be raising African American children? What is the effect of sexual orientation on the children? Symons shows that many of the issues are simply those of parents wanting to raise their children well, and the fact that these parents are gay men is almost irrelevant. Many of the issues discussed could also be applied to single men or women who want to adopt.




A heterosexual buckaroo is practically asymmetrical, and for a classical sensibility asymmetry hasn’t much appeal. Buckaroo’s HOMO version, however, could be no joke at all. It can turn really dirty, strangely nasty, truly ugly. The moment the first drop of blood appears on his lips or nose you see what I mean. There are moments that you can’t tell if it is now a real fight, a play or a dance. You attack only to be defeated. You start from horsing around and you end up in a real fight, and sometimes vice versa. This is a choreography full of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, headbutts, elbow-strikes, slaps, punches, and body-throws.



Richard Quest, CNN’s Anchor

I didn’t know that Richard Quest, who I have always adored, is a gay. And suddenly when I knew that, his mannerism seemed “meaningful” to me. Suddenly all of his artificiality, his flamboyance, his exaggerated style of speaking was polarized towards a certain super-signifier. Does he act gay on TV? It is not easy to say, since there are many other non-gay celebrities who do act gay (Tim Burton just jumped into my mind) and vice versa. For example I am not a big fan of Anderson Cooper, though I greatly admire him (the point is he is just not my favorite.) He has always been credited for introducing emotions to TV journalism. Has it anything to do with his possible gayness? What if just the same happen to Anderson Cooper – Quest’s colleague at CNN and one of the biggest targets of outing guerrillas. Would I look at him differently? I doubt it very much. But what is this fascination and adoration for people who are at ease with their queer orientation; people who this blog is basically about?




“When Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helms get down to serious logrolling on “family policy”, they are men promoting men’s interests… Is their bond in any way congruent with the bond of a loving gay male couple? Reagan and Helms would say no–disgustedly. Most gay couples would say no–disgustedly. But why not? Doesn’t the continuum between “men-loving-men” and “men-promoting-the-interests-of-men” have the same intuitive force that it has for women?”


Eve Sedgwick