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Monday, Aug 3, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Joseph Aisenberg
Bright Lights Film Journal (August 2009)

“Now that “the Gay” have been deemed socially tolerable, the culture has begun to slip into a state of terminal confusion about what it means to be a man. Consciously convinced that homosexual desire is as normal as mom and apple pie — despite existing in sacred red-white-and-blue’s midst, there is really nothing about gaydom to panic over — panic has set in nonetheless. For this reason the categories of “gay” and “straight” have been insidiously hardening from cultural stereotypes into Freud’s biological destiny; the audience for mass culture’s bright disposable artifacts now accepts as scientific fact a one-to-one relationship between men’s deepest desires and their taste in books, music and movies.”


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