A Gay Film Critic Gets It All Wrong
I’m not going into a long explanation with this one. The only reason I’m linking to it is to show how wrong critics can be sometimes. He skims over several classic gay films that he thinks make us cringe now. But nothing could be further from the truth. And you don’t need me to dispute this. All you have to do is read the comments at the end of the article to see what readers have to say.
One reader said this:
You shouldn’t be damning these films. They show what being gay was like in the seventies. It was no picnic.
I recently watched The Boys In the Band and I thought it was wonderful, especially the way it depicted gay life back in a time before I was born. I like knowing these things about my culture, and about the history of my culture. And in most cases, these films are all we have.
You can read more, here. This is could be titled CriticFail.
On Men Wearing Gowns
Here’s a much more thoughtful piece about masculinity and how men are perceived. It’s a topic that more people seem to be weighing in on nowadays, too. I thought Billy Porter looked great in that black gown, and that’s as far as I took it. But many people had a lot more to say. I saw some of the tweets that night and they were brutal…many were written with panic.
“Masculine”: an ever-changing word in an ever-changing world. As evolution and revolution challenge centuries of oppressive macho aspiration, some of us finally are redefining what it takes to be a man.
Here’s a link to more.
There’s a link below to my novel, Kendle’s Fire, where the entire story revolves around a young Marine who begins to question his own masculinity in some very interesting ways. I’ve had a few reviews for which I’m very thankful, and, thanks to indie publishing I was allowed to write a book like this through Ryan Field Press. No publisher ever would have allowed me to do this, not one…not even those who claim to be the most progressive. It wasn’t an easy book to write, but I have no regrets or misgivings.
Lesbians Being Killed In Chechnya
Things don’t seem to be improving in Chechnya. Here’s a story that’s coming directly from a lesbian woman who escaped from the gay purge in Chechnya, and she’s making a few interesting points I haven’t read anywhere else.
‘Also in 2018, we began to receive reports of girls being detained by the police on suspicion of homosexuality. According to reports from Chechnya, there are girls among those detained in December to January.’
This one even gets into how gay women are being treated by their own families, and how what’s happening to lesbians over there is being virtually ignored.
Here’s the link. It’s much more detailed.