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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-01-05 02:57 PM
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15. I'm not sure that's an anti-feminist reaction
The odd thing about the recent gay rights advances is that gay has become equated with "effeminate," as in a man who acts effeminate, dresses well, speaks in a "gay" voice and looks like a flamer on Queer Eye. The fact that most gay men aren't like that doesn't seem to bother, or even occur, to mainstream America. I keep hearing otherwise liberal people say things like "You can tell he's gay, look at him" or "look at how he dresses," or "look at what music he listens to." Pick your stereotype.

My gay friends have mixed opinions on this whole trend. On the one hand, it's nice to see homosexuality being accepted as normal, even trendy. On the other, the stereotype that is being created is not that accurate, or inclusive, and in some ways it is equating what is basically an emotional choice with an outward style of action and dress that isn't usually accurate. In fact, I'd say what the MSM is labelling "gay" these days looks a lot more like crossdressing than like any emotional choice.

I think that's more what gay men are reacting against when they describe themselves as "straight-acting" or masculine. It's against a stereotype, not against a gender.
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