Category: #MeToo: Men Get Sexually Harassed and Abused As Well; Obama’s Official Portrait Artist; Rent Boy CEO Jeffrey Hurant Is In Prison Now

#MeToo: Men Get Sexually Harassed and Abused As Well; Obama’s Official Portrait Artist; Rent Boy CEO Jeffrey Hurant Is In Prison Now

#MeToo: Men Get Sexually Harassed and Abused As Well

I recently received a call for submissions from a publisher who is doing a book of essays about sexual harassment and abuse. It looked interesting, however, when I read it I saw that in their quest to do something wonderful they failed to mention that men experience the same kind of sexual harassment.

I’ve been sexually harassed by both men and women. Yes. Women can be sexual predators, too. They can be just as aggressive as men. But you don’t hear about that because men have been trained to remain silent on this entire topic.

So I’ll be passing on this call for submissions. They mention in a few very brief words that men can submit to the book, but the entire focus is on women being sexually harassed, not men. They also mention Rose McGowan, and I can’t support a woman who has slammed gay men in such a shabby way in the past.

As much as I despise sexual harassment and sexual predators of all kinds, I won’t be sharing this or promoting it. I think it’s time that we recognized the fact that sexual harassment is NOT just something women have to deal with. There are both gay and straight men who’ve been sexually harassed, too.

This is a social issue that includes everyone and anyone who has ever come across a sexual predator’s thick disgusting tongue.

I get into the topic of gender stereotypes in Kendle’s Fire, which I wrote this year and published through Ryan Field Press. It’s really about how men are supposed to act a certain way, behave a certain way, and even dress a certain way. They’re supposed to do what’s expected of them, which is why most men will never even think about discussing their sexual harassment. I’ve had good reviews, and I hope it’s because the general theme resonated with at least a few people.

Even though Kendle is an openly gay ex-Marine, he’s been questioning his masculinity all of his life. He’s always been what people expect a man to be, in spite of the fact that he’s never been completely comfortable living up to these expectations.

A PG Rated Gay Romance

Here’s one reader review that was totally unsolicited:

This is GREAT story!! It’s wonderful in its exploration of sexuality and masculinity. The story is well done and beautifully done. The story flows beautifully and the characters are wonderfully written. The protagonist of the story is a handsome man who is searching for meaning in his life and trying to come to terms with his preferences. He doesn’t like that the world is so judgemental and unforgiving. It’s a great read full of heart.

I’m actually starting to think it might be time for Ryan Field Press to put out a call for Submissions on Men who’ve been sexually harassed and abused. I’d personally like to know if other men have experienced the same thing I have. 

Obama’s Official Portrait Artist

From the world of art and history, this is certainly newsworthy.

This week, the Obamas announced who they have selected to paint their individual portraits. Michelle Obama has chosen Baltimore artist Amy Sherald. Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama has selected Los Angeles native and openly gay artist Kehinde Wiley.

You can read more here. There’s an example of his work. I’m familiar with it, and it’s quite good.

Rent Boy CEO Jeffrey Hurant Is In Prison Now

A while back I posted about the Rent Boy offices in NYC being raided. Well, here’s a follow up to that story.

Prosecutors accused 51-year-old Hurant of running the “largest U.S. online male-escort service.” He sentenced to six months behind bars in August. In addition to that, he was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and told he must undergo a mental health treatment program.

You can check out the rest here. There’s some back story, too. I don’t even like commenting remotely on things like this. The law is the law and how I feel about that makes no difference whatsoever.

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