Sunday, May 22, 2016

(43) Genderfuck

Genderfuck? Does anybody use that term anymore?  Maybe I better clean translate.  Genderfuck used to refer to the shock value of appearing in public dressed as the opposite sex. Transgender?  Never heard of it!  A good example of Genderfuck was gay men who paraded around San Francisco on roller skates dressed as nuns.  They wore beards, and made no real attempt to pass themselves off as female – but they were nevertheless in drag.

In 1982 I was graduating from being a gay Newbie. I'd found certain groups of guys at PRO regarded themselves as butch or fem - and the fem guys were called girls. Oh, it was mostly a joke, intended as genderfuck. So mostly I went along with it, but I still thought it was rather artificial. I don't know anybody today who takes on gender roles like that. Despite the continuing popularity of drag shows.

Monday, May 16, 2016

(42) A Sexy Weather Forecast

Jeff has never heard of Tom Lehrer, but he would agree that ...

When correctly viewed,
Everything is lewd

As for getting ten inches in Toledo - it could still happen! Snow storms in April are not unknown.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

(41) Gay Men Love Opera - If They Can Stay Awake Through it

Jeff takes the hint to live up to the gay stereotype by loving opera. Which he'll do just as soon as he learns to distinguish Wagner from Bizet.

As Jeff commented earlier -- he'll try anything -- once.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

(40) Just Like Luciano Pavarotti

"We've got a stereotype to live up to." Sid's attitude reflects my view of Gay culture at the time: let's have some fun doing the things gay people are supposed to do.

I didn't dwell much on what Murphy's Manor characters did for a living. Sid started out as a demolitions expert with the considerable talent it takes to be an opera singer. At the end, he was Pope of a gay bar. Details later!