From the well fertilized fields of Dear Author (I’m with Mrs. G, what is it with that site?) comes this…
by Gay Pride
What brought me to the romance community was the new trend in m/m erotic romance. And, frankly, I haven’t been impressed anywhere. All I’ve seen are misconceptions that go to the root of gay culture, and too many female authors writing extremely flawed books. Fundamental flaws that only gay men can spot.
The political incorrectness is astounding. It reminds be of the old Hollywood days when they used to take tall anglo men and dress them up in either black face or give them slanted eyes. This was insulting to the Asian and Afro American communities, and just as insulting to Asian and Afro American actors at the time.
A female author trying to write m/m erotic romance, or romance, is just as insulting as hiring Brad Pitt to play the lead in the biopic of Barack Obama in black face. No straight woman alive can know, not matter how they try, what it is like to be a gay man. It’s not possible. Just like it’s not possible for any living man to know what it’s like for a woman to live in today’s society that is still filled with sexism.
So while this feel-good, pat-on-the-back post comes off as light and breezy, you’re mising a few important facts about insulting an entire community with romance novels…and it’s not just one publisher…they are all doing it now. And I’d suggest to the female writers out there who are jumping onto the band wagon of m/m erotic romance…or gay fiction in general…you hop over to the traditional gay publishers and start reading the classics before you start trying to imagine what it’s like to be a gay man. Because until you can figure out how to grow a prostate, you’re never going to get it right.
Thank you speaker for all gay men. Politically sure I can accept some of the things you said… but as another Gay Man I don’t have to be sensitive to your whining bitch.
Besides the fact some of the leading Gay Lit writers have names like Mary Renault or Patricia Nell Warren which leads me to believe they “might” have been women writing about gay men. Nice going dude, thanks for insulting some of our founders there! I would also like to point out that Annie Proulx would not be sitting pretty with her Pulitzer Prize or that really great $$$movie deal$$$ for her itty bitty short story Brokeback Mountain if she had been listening to fools using this argument. So stick that up your Andrew Holleran and smoke it.
To everyone else out there take my advice please don’t read too much into Gay Lit since I don’t find it the hallowed ground of perfection this jerk seems to be making it into. As an older gay man who tried to read a bit of it for fun you know since I was sorta around at the time a lot of it got printed I can tell you that Gay Lit is sorely lacking in several areas last time I checked. Minorities, blue collar workers, characters or situations even remotely relatable to any gay man or woman living in a flyover state. Hell, Gay Lit only found a sense of humor sometime around 1976 and there are people still haggling over if Armistead Maupin (a common newspaper journalist ewww) really counts as Gay Lit.
Yeah, so Gay Lit, racist, classicist, sexist and those are just some of our award winners! I think the white boy snob factor is something they add as a bonus.
I’m so fucking proud. *headdesk*
As a gay man I created this blog because I wanted to celebrate M/M Romance as a growing trend not condemn it and it’s writers with grand sweeping generalizations and arguing about specious things like authenticity. I wanted to point out the things that I liked and sometimes the things that did not work for me, but to try and provide some explanations for it all besides just squee.
If I do talk about crap like “Gay For You” plot devices or such it’s because I want people to think about these things not to use that shit to attack others. So excuse me for going off here but the vitriol I have been seeing lately is getting a bit much. I personally do not think you change peoples minds by attacking them. I personally don’t think you change peoples minds by demanding things. Rants and wank are not effective for anything but brief entertainment.
I think you change things by learning to share your common interests.