a lil slip of a girly boy…

a friend of mine posted a link on my facebook page and asked my “thoughts” about this attached photo and article. i thought it was worthy to repost on here because its great social commentary that all so many of us are aware of, yet, even more of us are content to ignore. just like all of the other “issues” that are fed to daily in our sickly sad “culture”.

the article:

On Lad Mags and Masculine Panic

June 2, 2011 by Ned Resnikoff

Say this about lad mags: Their writing may be clunky and their attitude towards women troubling, but they do offer a fascinating window into a peculiar type of male anxiety. Take FHM‘s 2011 edition of their Sexiest Women in the World list. Over one million readers of the UK’s equivalent to Maxim voted to rank various models, singers and actresses. #98 on the list–just ahead of Lady Gaga–was originally fashion model Andrej Pejic, who is actually a male model with androgynous features. His entry has since been removed and replaced with an apology, but one Pejic fan managed to snap a screenshot of the accompanying copy before it went away.

The copy isn’t pretty. After calling him a “thing,” FHM’s anonymous writer notes Pejic’s desire to model for Victoria’s Secret with a churlish plea for someone to “pass the sick bucket.” Androgynous male models, he (I’m assuming it’s a he) writes, are “one fashion trend we won’t be following.”

Did the editors really forget to make sure the copy passed their exceedingly high editorial standards? Did they intend to make Pejic an object of scorn, or was that just some freelancer taking the initiative? We’ll probably never know, but that’s not really the interesting part. What fascinates me is just how much the writer’s scorn reveals.

What it tells us is that FHM and its ilk is about more than famous women in awkward poses and states of undress: It exists not just to titillate but to reaffirm the masculinity of those reading it. I submit that’s why the original Pejic entry, no matter what FHM says, is in keeping with the mission of the magazine. FHM readers are invited to sneer at him because he doesn’t conform to their notions of maleness. And identifying and isolating the “other” like that reinforces their own place in the boys’ club.

Which puts FHM writers in the difficult position of having to simultaneously acknowledge why their readers found him beautiful (which he is, in a delicate, almost angelic way) while also making ostentatious displays of their disgust. It’s a neat trick. But for me, anyway, it inspires more pity than anger. If you’re looking for affirmation of your identity in a lad mag’s heteronormative slurs, then dude, you need help.

my commentary was:

andrej looks fragile. he looks beautiful because he looks abused and venerable for the slag that fhm is pushing, and we all know the macho-man feels better about the size of his “penis” when he has someone to push around. theyre selling soft-core porno and fantasy. which obviously someone is getting off on or there wouldnt be an issue. and i say, good for andrej!!! he and his team are making waves in a bullshit “homosexual run” industry that has nothing to do with art or expression. just the fact that hes getting noticed means rubbing elbows with the right closet cases. 🙂

her reply: X, you are brilliant!

make of it what you will. i expect most will treat this like a political attack. which is way i almost didnt post it at first, thou, after thinking a moment i decided that social commentary does not fit into my vow of silence on political issues.

my (shitty) opinion being: politics are just a social game we all play with money and rules based on what our opinions of what our behavior should be that is being dictated by our “culture”. what is culture to 98% amerkians?? TV / magazines / malls / walmart / big box stores / fast food / the news / news papers like US Today / hollywood block busters…. etc…

the more of this bullshit im exposed too the more sick i feel. weve created a mind-destroying virus thats here to stay. and i dont care whom i offend anymore, if you dont like it you have the freedom to go watch CNN/FOX.

there is a cure for this virus thou! (so maybe i should call it a bacteria or fungus?) but, youre not going to like it………

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  1. Posted July 26, 2011 at 2:12 PM by me | Permalink

    testing the new recaptcha plugin

  2. Posted July 27, 2011 at 1:29 AM by pug | Permalink

    It is stunning to watch You progress, Sir! How well You articulate stimulating thought when You are motivated! Stay on the cutting edge; experience more ‘n more of life so that Your commentary keeps its cutting edge!

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