If you spend just a little bit of time poking about the comment threads on porn sites, you'll learn something pretty quickly: no one likes a bottom. In fact, the bottom in many gay porn videos is sure to become, sooner or later, the object of scorn and ridicule, the abject that has to be … Continue reading It Ain’t Easy to be a Bottom in Porn
If you've ever spent a minute on the popular gay hookup app Grindr, you know it's no secret that gay men love abs. Scores of shirtless pics jockey for position any time you open the app, each one trying to outdo the others in terms of the amount of abdominal definition on offer. And a casual perusal … Continue reading Why Do Gay Men Love Abs?
Reviewing American Horror Story: Freak Show poses something of a challenge. What area should one focus on? The cinematography? The politics of disability and queerness? The stunning display of Jessica Lange's abject femininity and the unsung glory that is Frances Conroy? Some combination of all of the above? That's part of what makes this new season of American … Continue reading “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Review–“Massacres and Matinees”
If you’re at all familiar with this blog or with me, you no doubt know that I am an avowed feminist. And a feminist of a very particular sort. For me, it is absolutely crucial that we address both the epistemological and material ways in which women are continuously disempowered and often outright oppressed in … Continue reading Why Masculinity is a Feminist Issue
“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” —Oscar Wilde It has become something of a truism that sex is political. Whether it be the Republicans attempting to assert control over women’s bodies or those same Republicans attempting to criminalize homosexual acts, the act of sex has become a fraught … Continue reading What’s Your Position?: The Politics of Top and Bottom in Gay Sex