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Men who look like old lesbians. They're men. But they look like lesbians. Old lesbians. [via]
posted by Armitage Shanks (86 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Huh, so they do.
posted by empath at 10:07 AM on November 13, 2007


Phil MorelikeSPECTREamirite should have been posted to menwholooklikeJESUSCHRISTAVAMPIRE.blogspot.com.
posted by DU at 10:07 AM on November 13, 2007 [7 favorites]


poststhatlookliketheybelongonfarkdotblogspotdotcom
posted by dersins at 10:12 AM on November 13, 2007 [5 favorites]


I was all ready to be offended, but instead I was kind of amused. And bemused.
posted by bassjump at 10:13 AM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


I wonder... Eddie Money or Kyle McLachlan... who's more likely to actually try to pass?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:13 AM on November 13, 2007


Wow... that's really interesting.
posted by kalessin at 10:15 AM on November 13, 2007


I'd hit it.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:17 AM on November 13, 2007


very tasteful. Now how about old mental patients who look like something or other.
posted by Postroad at 10:21 AM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


oh Kyle McLachlan... who would have thought that Agent Cooper would end up this way.
posted by barrakuda at 10:22 AM on November 13, 2007


This is really sort of insensitive and offensheeheeheeheehee
posted by brain_drain at 10:25 AM on November 13, 2007 [11 favorites]


You know, I've had a theory about this for a while. Because as male celebrities are getting more and more plastic surgery, it's just making their skin too taut and their eyes start looking really weirdly feminine. It creeps me out. Their eyes just get beadier and freakier, and they just don't look right on a man. These guys start out fine and then they worry about getting old so they get surgery, their eyes disappear, and POOF! Men become lesbians.

I mean, it's just wrong! Bruce Jenner should've NEVER turned out like that. For God's sake, that should be a felony.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:31 AM on November 13, 2007 [2 favorites]


Why don't you just log on to their MySpace pages and see if the comparison to an "old lesbian" will make them commit.... nevermind....
posted by Debaser626 at 10:32 AM on November 13, 2007


very tasteful. Now how about old mental patients who look like something or other.

Here you go. Spank yourself silly.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 10:32 AM on November 13, 2007


Heh.
posted by slimepuppy at 10:33 AM on November 13, 2007


dickheadswholooklikemorons.metafilter.com
posted by quonsar at 10:34 AM on November 13, 2007


That is kinda funny. Only Kinda.

Where else can you go with the concept? Barbara Bush looks like Ben Franlklin? Eh. That's all I got on that one.

BTW. Kyle McLachlan is a really nice guy. Don't pick on him too much.
posted by tkchrist at 10:34 AM on November 13, 2007


This post:

- Promises something
- Delivers it

B+!
posted by ORthey at 10:35 AM on November 13, 2007 [3 favorites]


Ha ha ha! Lesbians are ugly and mannish! And it's demeaning to call a man a woman! This just packs in the funny.
posted by arcticwoman at 10:37 AM on November 13, 2007 [18 favorites]


I knew things were too good to be true when there were no 'talk about getting wood' gags in the half man, half tree post. Ah whatever, I'm off to post this on Digg.
posted by Elmore at 10:43 AM on November 13, 2007


Lesbians are ugly and mannish! And it's demeaning to call a man a woman!

News to me. Way to project, arcticwoman. You may notice that every man pictured has a feminine outfit, hairstyle or... pony.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:44 AM on November 13, 2007


No, see; they look like old lesbians. That's whats funny.
posted by yhbc at 10:45 AM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Right, because lesbians are clearly a monolithic blob, and as such their physical attributes while in their "autumn years" are identical and therefore predictable?

I'd hardly call this the "best of the web." I get that the site is trying to be "tongue in cheek," but all it really serves to achieve is the perpetuation of various stereotypes along lines of (one specific) sexuality.

Flagged for being simultaneously offensive (and not in the thought-provoking sense of the word) and rather banal.
posted by numinous at 10:49 AM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Well for me, it's just when people's faces start to look like they don't belong on that person or even on someone of their gender that it's noteworthy. Not so much that women or lesbians aren't nice looking themselves, it's got nothing to do with actual lesbians or women. It's just that IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY A MAN LIKE BRUCE JENNER SHOULD NOT LOOK LIKE THAT. Of course, YMMV. Maybe you dig his new look. On second thought? Umm, no. You seem like a smart person, fellow Mefite. So I'm pretty sure it freaks you out too.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:53 AM on November 13, 2007


This made me laugh. I guess I'm an insensitive tool. Maybe a YouTube link could keep it from the banhammer.

I'm sorry, but anyone that tries to proclaim that people in certain demographics can't be identified by certain sartorial and tonsorial patterns is high.
posted by docpops at 10:54 AM on November 13, 2007 [2 favorites]


Okay, okay. Here's Cats Who Look Like Hitler, instead.
posted by yhbc at 10:54 AM on November 13, 2007 [2 favorites]


People get closer to the middle of the gendered phenotypical spectrum as they age. Men growing their hair longer at that stage... is a new development.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:57 AM on November 13, 2007


Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers

Famous People Who Look Like They Smell

People In Newspaper Ads Who Look Like They're Farting
posted by brain_drain at 11:00 AM on November 13, 2007 [6 favorites]


I really think this is peurile.

As people get older and hormones level off, they tend to get more androgynous. Older women often opt for easier-to-care-for shorter hairstyles, stop wearing as much makeup, and begin to lose the battle against facial hair. Men's faces and bodies begin to soften.

Many people latch onto their gender identity with a death-grip, with some men growing ambitious beards and moustaches, and women making themselves up more dramatically than ever. But otherwise old-age, like babyhood, is simply a time when your gender is of little importance to your physical appearance, reproduction-wise.

For years I've thought that Paul McCartney looked a little like my grandmother. Years ago Ronald Reagan reminded me slightly of my great-grandmother. It's a little funny, but not that interesting, and dragging sexual orientation into it deadens the joke for me. It takes a bitchy comment you might make at a party and stretches the concept into a whole blog. To which I say: ugh.
posted by hermitosis at 11:01 AM on November 13, 2007 [8 favorites]


I don't really know who Bruce Jenner is, but he looks pretty much the same in both pics you linked to (i.e. notably feminine, but not the point of hilarity).
posted by DU at 11:03 AM on November 13, 2007


arcticwoman: Lesbians are ugly and mannish! And it's demeaning to call a man a woman!

ambrosia voyeur: News to me.


Really? It's news to you that there exists a sterotype of lesbians as unattractive and masculine? And that referring to a man as feminine is often used as a not-so-subtly-misogynistic way to insult him?

You've never heard that before? Really?

Have you been living in an opaque plastic bubble your entire life or were you raised by wolves or something?
posted by dersins at 11:06 AM on November 13, 2007


I'm gonna say wolves. In bubbles. But translucent.
posted by docpops at 11:10 AM on November 13, 2007


Wow, miss lynster, those Burt Reynolds photos are... really odd. It's as if he's unwilling to let go of the craggy manliness of his wrinkles, but he's insisting on reorienting them so they all run horizontally. If he stays the course he'll look like a rattan basket with a hairpiece.
posted by maryh at 11:12 AM on November 13, 2007


Mom? Dad?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:14 AM on November 13, 2007


The only good one is the Kyle MacLachlan photo, really. And it's mostly because his hair and glasses.
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:16 AM on November 13, 2007


I really think this is peurile.

Wow, really? I was expecting a blog about men who look like old lesbians would be urbane and mature. It's funny. Yeah, and puerile. And maybe offensive if you think about it too much. But Mo Rocca? Definitely got a Velma thing going on.
posted by Nelson at 11:26 AM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


"poststhatlookliketheybelongonfarkdotblogspotdotcom"

Coincidentally, with this picture Drew Curtis could almost qualify.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:26 AM on November 13, 2007


This is why I keep my soul patch, so people think I am a old hirsute lesbian.
posted by Iron Rat at 11:29 AM on November 13, 2007


It's funny. Yeah, and puerile.

See, I was pointing out that it was merely peurile INSTEAD of being funny.

Also, I wasn't offended, I didn't think about it too much, and if a blog about men who look like old lesbians WAS urbane and mature, it would probably more creativity and be a lot funnier.
posted by hermitosis at 11:34 AM on November 13, 2007


("would probably require more...")
posted by hermitosis at 11:35 AM on November 13, 2007


Many of these don't look like 'old lesbains' to me. They look instead like attractive, slightly femme men.

Also, I was deeply concerned at the allegation that Garrison Keillor was mildly homophobic, but a quick jaunt over to his wikipedia page to see what that was about allayed my fears.
posted by Arturus at 11:36 AM on November 13, 2007


Hmph. So I guess this site should be re-named menwholooklikeoldlesbians.com.
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:37 AM on November 13, 2007


So, many beautiful men age like beautiful women who are not so keen on trying to look younger than they are. Then add values.
posted by Free word order! at 11:39 AM on November 13, 2007


as male celebrities are getting more and more plastic surgery, it's just making their skin too taut and their eyes start looking really weirdly feminine. It creeps me out.

Is that what happened to Billy Crystal?
'Cause, man, I caught a bit of the Mark Twain Prize special on PBS last night, and every time they cut to him grinning like a deranged kindergarten teacher in the balcony, it freaked me out.

Understand my courage at joining this discussion. Not only might I be thought of as puerile, but I'm confessing to voluntarily watching part of the Mark Twain Prize special on PBS.

I'd hardly call this the "best of the web." I get that the site is trying to be "tongue in cheek,"

The best part, numinous, is how you put both "best of the web" and "tongue in cheek" in ironic/scare quotes. Really "underscored" the idea that you were "above" "this."
posted by gompa at 11:40 AM on November 13, 2007


Lesbians are ugly and mannish! And it's demeaning to call a man a woman!

Really? It's news to you that there exists a sterotype of lesbians as unattractive and masculine? And that referring to a man as feminine is often used as a not-so-subtly-misogynistic way to insult him?


I can't even get my sarcasmometer working now, yall broke it.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:41 AM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


aw wes anderson!! i guess he belongs there though :(
posted by rollerball at 11:45 AM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


gompa, I simply used the quotation marks as means of:

1) Specifically referencing my understand of the standard to which FPP ought to adhere ("best of the web"). As per the Guidelines, "A good thread values uniqueness over novelty." There is nothing unique about the pervasive stereotype that aging lesbians are indistinguishable from old men.

2) Conveying what I perceive as the website creator's intentions in making the site ("tongue in cheek").

Thought I obviously employed a sarcastic tone in writing the first sentence of my original response, I did not intend my use of quotation marks to be ironic.

As for your accusation that I consider myself "'above' 'this'," I certainly do. I agree with hermitosis's assertion that the entire thing is puerile. But I must press this issue: why the consternation toward someone who finds this sort of material offensive and thus refuses to participate in what is essentially an unexceptional playground taunting of an entire sexuality?
posted by numinous at 12:04 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Man oh Manischewitz! If this isn't the Best Of The Web, I don't know WHAT is!
posted by briank at 12:06 PM on November 13, 2007


Truth be told, I can't wait until Ryan Seacrest and Justin Timberlake and all the young metrosexuals wind up looking like scary Robert Blake in "Lost Highway".
posted by hermitosis at 12:11 PM on November 13, 2007


Mehsville.
posted by delmoi at 12:17 PM on November 13, 2007


It takes a bitchy comment you might make at a party ...

HOW DARE YOU. I AM OFFENDED!!!
posted by tkchrist at 12:19 PM on November 13, 2007


I am fond of men and lesbians of all ages, and thought this was funny, and just as clever as it needed to be. If more work had put into it, it might actually have crossed a line for me.
posted by padraigin at 12:20 PM on November 13, 2007


Truth be told, I can't wait until Ryan Seacrest and Justin Timberlake and all the young metrosexuals wind up looking like scary Robert Blake in "Lost Highway".

Now you are stereotyping evil clowns! I AM OFFENDED!
posted by tkchrist at 12:24 PM on November 13, 2007


Metafilter: takes a bitchy comment you might make at a party and stretches the concept into a whole blog
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 12:32 PM on November 13, 2007 [3 favorites]


Truth be told, I can't wait until Ryan Seacrest and Justin Timberlake and all the young metrosexuals wind up looking like scary Robert Blake in "Lost Highway".

Between this and Kyle MacLachlan, I must wonder: Is this entire thread actually about David Lynch's oeuvre?
posted by shakespeherian at 12:34 PM on November 13, 2007


Is that what happened to Billy Crystal?

Yep. But apparently some people just call it being "fresh-faced."

Well... when men do it, anyhow. My friend 14 did some illustrations on the subject last month.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:35 PM on November 13, 2007


But I must press this issue: why the consternation toward someone who finds this sort of material offensive and thus refuses to participate in what is essentially an unexceptional playground taunting of an entire sexuality?

I'd characterize my response more as bemusement than consternation, but in any case, I'll simply clarify on two counts:

1) I'm not "taunting . . . an entire sexuality." (I'm not sure that's even a thing someone could do. How would you know when you were in the entire sexuality's line of sight?) Anyway, if I'm taunting anyone, I'm taunting Billy Crystal.

2) This thing we're engaged in right here, you and me? That's the opposite of refusing to participate. Hence my bemused consternation.
posted by gompa at 12:36 PM on November 13, 2007


How could they have forgotten the best little lesbian, Patton Oswalt?
posted by quin at 12:49 PM on November 13, 2007


Kinda off topic... but a fellow student in my Arabic class, a very lovely person that I really like, is actually my own personal Pat. Totally dig them... I'm just really not sure what sex they are. Or were. or want to be. They are probably a he -- they registered under a man's name -- but it's really not evident enough that I'd comfortably address them one way or another. I think maybe he's a woman who's changing/changed into a man. But, also could just be a very butch lesbian who's going by a man's name. Or could be a gay man on estrogen. I honestly just don't know.

Anyhow, it has no bearing on anything & I don't care either way, but sometimes when I'm in zoning out in Arabic class (which happens often) I distract myself by wondering what their backstory is.
posted by miss lynnster at 1:19 PM on November 13, 2007


Very interesting and unique photos for sure. Well, actually, after living in Japan for over 10 years, I have come to the conclusion that I am, in fact, a Japanese lesbian trapped inside an American man's body!

(Snick-Boom!)

((
___: )
((
posted by robpongi at 1:35 PM on November 13, 2007


How could they have forgotten the best little lesbian, Patton Oswalt?

Nah, Oswalt looks like a shaved gorilla trollbeast with -37 charisma points. But he is funny, regardless.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:43 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Didn't Kyle McLachlan play K. D. Lang in a Saturday Night Live skit once?
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 1:53 PM on November 13, 2007


Chhrist, what an asshole!
posted by horseblind at 2:15 PM on November 13, 2007


steven cojocaru
posted by greenskpr at 3:21 PM on November 13, 2007


There is nothing unique about the pervasive stereotype that aging lesbians are indistinguishable from old men.

The first thing that struck me looking at the photos was that if aging lesbians are indistinguishable from old men, then old men who look like aging lesbians would simply look like old men (syllogism and all).

However, of course, these men look like aging lesbians whereas most old men do not. Which means aging lesbians do not in fact look like old men.
posted by kigpig at 3:37 PM on November 13, 2007


pervasive stereotype...
Hardly...it's just funny that some guys get unaware, start not giving a shit and end up looking like old dikes...and well, as they age, old dikes naturally get closer to their obsession of looking and acting like a dude. That's just entertaining and funny(at their expense), not a pervasive stereotype, just funny.
posted by greenskpr at 3:45 PM on November 13, 2007


Coal Miner: Do you not think that it hurts when people make fun of coal miners?
Amateur Humorist: Oh no, it's just the ones who walk around in overalls with soot on their faces.
Coal Miner: You mean you notice that?
posted by gorgor_balabala at 3:56 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Presenting Kevin Cronin and his painful frost job.
posted by oncogenesis at 4:06 PM on November 13, 2007


it's just funny that some guys get unaware, start not giving a shit and end up looking like old dikes...and well, as they age, old dikes naturally get closer to their obsession of looking and acting like a dude. That's just entertaining and funny(at their expense), not a pervasive stereotype, just funny.

it's just funny that some mexicans are are lazy and shiftless... and, as well, black people like fried chicken and watermelon. that's just entertaining and funny, not a pervasive stereotype, just funny.
posted by dersins at 4:08 PM on November 13, 2007


Why is liking fried chicken and watermelon funny?

I, sir, like fried chicken and watermelon.

Is it funny when that one guy does his impersonation of a white guy dancing? When I dance no one is laughing. No one.

But a guy doing an impersonation of me dancing is a Laugh Olympics.
posted by tkchrist at 4:36 PM on November 13, 2007


I've always thought New Zealand PM Helen Clark looks like a man who looks like a lesbian. But that's probably more to do with me.
posted by mattoxic at 4:40 PM on November 13, 2007


What, no Pete Rose?

Eddie Money or Kyle McLachlan... who's more likely to actually try to pass?

I'd say Eddie, he'd do anything to get laid.
posted by jonmc at 4:51 PM on November 13, 2007


does anyone else think jack nicholson looks like he just farted in that pic miss lynnster linked to?
posted by msconduct at 4:51 PM on November 13, 2007


Presenting Kevin Cronin and his painful frost job.

Oh. My. God. He looks like Florence Henderson mated with just pre-death Tammy Faye. I never thought I'd say this, but Kev, bring back the whiteboy fro so I can listen to 'Keep The Fire Burning' without a nightlight.
posted by jonmc at 4:52 PM on November 13, 2007


I always thought our former governor Dixie Lee Ray looked like an old Thespian.

Man, that poor guy must have been teased in high school all the time.
posted by tkchrist at 4:55 PM on November 13, 2007


[wife] I would still do Kyle Mclachlan no matter how much he looks like a lesbian, as long as he still has that voice. Jesus, I love that voice.

Kyle, if you're out there, CALL ME!
posted by InnocentBystander at 4:57 PM on November 13, 2007


What's really frightening is how much Chris Hitchens looks like Ayn Rand.

[NOT OBJECTIVIST]
posted by arto at 5:14 PM on November 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


There's a song that perfectly matches a good portion of this thread. If The Wall played against the Wizard of Oz blew your mind this will, uh, blow your mind all over again.

Unfortunately, I can hum the tune but the title escapes me... it goes something like "Hi, I'm on the internet, and I'm overanalyzing a tin can of legumes." Maybe I should go over to AskMefi and see if anyone there has a better memory than I do.
posted by bunnytricks at 9:56 PM on November 13, 2007


For what it's worth, I'm a dyke and I've always thought that Kyle McLachlan looked like kd lang's long lost twin person. kd lang would have sucked in The Hidden, though.
posted by smartyboots at 10:19 PM on November 13, 2007


I'm offended that David Bowie is up there.
posted by speicus at 11:58 PM on November 13, 2007


numinous writes "There is nothing unique about the pervasive stereotype that aging lesbians are indistinguishable from old men."

Uh, if that were the stereotype this page were based on, it would have a hell of a lot more photographs.
posted by Bugbread at 3:20 AM on November 14, 2007


The joke really disintegrates on the second page, where most of the photos are. The imagination required to see most of them as anything but who and what they are requires real effort. You wind up having to mentally erase a lot of their features in order to see the "lesbian".

I wonder if these could become a fad like those Magic Eye pictures. "Yeah, it just looks like Al Franken, right? Now stand back. Unfocus your eyes. Squint a little bit. Do you see her? Do you SEE HER??"
posted by hermitosis at 6:14 AM on November 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


If The Wall played against the Wizard of Oz blew your mind this will, uh, blow your mind all over again.

bunnytriks, that would be Dark Side of the Moon, hence the name of the video, Dark Side of the Rainbow. There's your AskMe.
posted by wafaa at 3:16 PM on November 14, 2007


and that would be bunnytriCks.
posted by wafaa at 3:18 PM on November 14, 2007


miss lynster's craiglist post about the dude exposing himself was deleted but this is still here?
posted by deborah at 12:45 AM on November 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


An analysis of what this website says about how our culture deals with youthfulness and gender. After reading that, I'm now much more strongly in the not offended camp, if for no other reason then the observation that this actually subverts the dominant framing of women looking masculine as they age.
posted by Arturus at 9:12 AM on November 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


deborah: I know, right?
posted by hermitosis at 10:38 AM on November 16, 2007


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