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22 November 2010 @ 03:41 pm
Ask Hadley. And get answered. Hah.  
I bloody love Hadley Freeman. When reading her column, I am frequently assailed by the desire to turn up at Grauniad HQ, ambush her outside the lifts, and whisk her off somewhere to treat her to tea, cakes and the finest wines available to humanity.

I've just bought a pink T-shirt but I'm worried it might make me look a bit, ahem, gay and give off the wrong signals. What do you think? - Name withheld

You know, I really gotta hand it to homophobes: they sure do think they're hot. The rest of us, I feel, go through life thinking that maybe we'll catch a few friendly glances coming our way. Homophobes, on the other hand, seem to believe that they are so irresistibly attractive that every gay person of their gender wants to jump their bones, given half an opportunity and a public toilet for privacy. Maybe it's because these homophobes get so few offers from the people they do want to attract that they assume theirs is a face that appeals more to the other side, so to speak.

There was a simply marvellous quote in a New York Times piece recently about whether gays should be allowed to be open about their sexuality in the military issue, or whether America should continue to deny a group of people a basic human right and instead make them feel ashamed of themselves by suggesting there is something perverted about them when they are giving up their lives to defend their country. But I digress. The reporter spoke to one soldier who said that no, he didn't want gays in the military because he was worried about being "approached". That this young man, as he conceded, had never been "approached" in his life – by a man or woman, one suspects – did not lessen his concern. After all, he was just so hot, despite his eyes being – one imagines – ever so slightly too close together.

Name withheld, I'm guessing these are the, ahem, signals you are, ahem, fearing. Well let me assure you: that you are even worrying about looking, ahem, gay, proves that you have neither the wit, nor intelligence, nor style to accomplish such a feat. Look gay? You wish.

 - 'Ask Hadley', Guardian, 21/11/2010
burningmarl: Art: Medievalburningmarl on November 22nd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I want to applaud!
kryptydkryptyd on November 22nd, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)

(And I was wondering who this was, but now I know thanks to your layout. I thought I had magically friended someone unknowingly for a moment there)
Sarah: disney// peter pan// swordssazzat on November 22nd, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
This is brilliant!
Elabyelaby on November 22nd, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
That is AWESOME. Rock on!
Curried Goat in a paper cupderien on November 23rd, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
*snortles!* :D

So glad to see something from you! (Not that I have much to say, I've been horrible about writing, lately, and not really great with posting.)
art_inthe_blood: putitthereart_inthe_blood on November 28th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Really, why are some straight people so afraid that queer people just won't be able to keep their deviant little hands off them? Has someone been spreading a rumour that if someone you don't wish to have sex with propositions you, just saying a polite "No, thank you," won't do the trick? Honestly.