August 27, 2003

Straight Sense

Some people have taken the whole Queer Eye For The Straight Guy thing absolutely the wrong way. This guy gets it absolutely right.

Now, a few gay critics have complained that the show dwells too much on homosexual stereotypes of neatness, cooking acumen, and knowledge of couture.

But Queer Eye actually alters sexual politics, says University of Washington psychologist Doug Haldeman (who is gay). “The show puts gay men in positions of power, helping straight men,” he said. “And gay men are allowed into bedrooms and bathrooms - the inner sanctums of straight men, where the gay men are very much in control.” …

… But just as important, Queer Eye lets narrow heteros confront their gay discomfort, and demonstrates how two disparate camps could get along, given the chance. It teaches fraternal acceptance, along with the occasional shaving tip.

Yep. Read it all.

Posted by Avocare at August 27, 2003 06:54 PM | TrackBack

That's a lesson we can all stand learn. And, um, not to wear pleated shorts/pants.

Posted by: kt at August 27, 2003 08:28 PM
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