Androgynous gay guys in prose or picture
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On and off I've been on a search for early gay imagery and erotica of a special sort. Virility hasn't the special sexual power over me that it does most gay men. I never wanted the Marlboro Man or Brawny Towel Man. When I was young and naïve I did want the redheaded space case that David Bowie seemed to be when his pop stardom first bloomed.
More open back then my sexuality has become more strongly focused on gay male androgyny through the years. Fitfully I've searched for images of androgynous and feminine gay men. Some of what I've found is in the Imagery section of my personal weblog.(See also Ambiguously Gendered.)
There were probably lots of (possibly lost) dust jackets of 'special fiction' never archived. And (sometimes insulting) old paperback covers of visibly queer guys.
But I'd settle for examples of pretty boys or twinks as they've come to be called in recent times. Back in the 70's when The Advocate was a tabloid I remember there being a cartoonist who specialized in them. And After Dark, the magazine for closet cases who wanted to be upper caste had pictures of cheerfully fey young men.
And I wonder what prose has celebrated the male androgyne (without being as convoluted as Corvo). Were 'girlboys*' ever celebrated in novels? Even lowbrow fiction would be welcome. But not porn, saying to a guy "suck my cock bitch" has its place but isn't what I'm looking for.
I almost wish I'd gotten that college degree so I could've made this 'legitimate' research. Just as long as I didn't bury it in the painful prose of too much Queer Theory.
* That MS Word knows girlboys but not girlyboys … what does that say … ?