Stereotypical images of gay males
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I've been on a sporadic quest for early images of gay men. That is, guys who look gay, queer, faggy, whathaveyou.
You like your men butch, built and buff. I like mine frail and gentle. No, I don't mean pretty boys or twinks. Not that I'm unappreciative of either as eye candy.
The nelly flamers irk you. The pixie dust that follows in their wake dazzles me.
Perhaps a guy with a limp wrist shames you (guilt by association). I want to wrap myself around that wrist and purr.
For a very long time I've loved feminine gay men. Recidivist heterosexualism perhaps. Your sissyphobia perhaps. Or perhaps a gay man who swishes about takes social risks the invisibly gay man (like myself) never knows.
My erotic bias started my search for drawings, photos, cartoons, dust jackets featuring guys who look gay. I'm not looking for erotica (that'd be fine but I doubt there's ever been any queer erotica that features sissified gay men). Nor yaoi drawings, too recent, really an importation of Japanese girls romance comic books.
For me it is a forgotten sliver of queer history. Some of it produced by us, the rest of it made by indifferent, even homophobic producers of old heterosexual pop culture. I'm not expecting to find early celebrations of queer male androgyny. Heterosexist stereotyping is a part of queer cultural history.
So if you should run across an old paperback cover of a effeminate gay guy, cartoon of a painted boy please send it or the hyperlink my way.