If this particular Calvin Klein ad were in XY, the ad would be called porn. On Marvel Comics it's not. But that is just because we're a gay youth magazine and people automatically call anything associated with a gay youth magazine porny. That is to say, Calvin Klein is porny if it gets too associated with gays. It is 100% homophobia, pure and simple. Abercrombie's latest ad campaign is entirely about college wrestling --a fantasy of simulated gay youth sex. But Abercrombie chief Michael Jeffries says he doesn't care if his catalogs are too sexy: "It's within the context of friends... and caring for one another." Yet he places ads of a locker-room wet-dream teenage rape fantasy in Out, and his company boycotts XY because we are, according to Peter Wert, "too on the edge"--which is the same as saying too sexual, too gay. But when Polsky says "mainstream," she really means "straight." Teen People, Details, and the others are for straight young people. Although they cover gay issues once in awhile, the values on every page are that all kids are "straight". In XY, the values assume people are gay. But the other magazines are no more "mainstream" than us--they are just "straight" when we are gay. And while XY is the most important gay youth magazine in the world, neither Details nor Latina is the most important "straight" youth magazine in the world and Karen Polsky is not treating me--or any of you--with respect. . . Like most bullies, they think young gay men are wussy and an easy mark. They dis us because they think they'll get away with it. They think their most devoted, trendsetting customers are weak and wussy and that we'll just keep handing over our money while they dis us. They think I am so shitscared of them and their advertising dollars that I won't tell you the cowardly things they said. They think young gay men will support their brands blindly, not knowing we're being humiliated every time we buy. We're being slapped in the face and laughed at by establishment America, just like always. This is a system of discrimination. It is just like hating asians or latinos.
Of course, nobody in particular admits being bad or antigay, and I don't think Peter Wert, Joseph Janus or Karen Polsky is personally a bigot. But that's the whole problem: everyone knows society as a whole is anti-gay-youth, but nobody admits being personally bigoted. That's how bigotry works: you get bashed, but nobody is responsible for the bashing. the brands are owned by chains who are owned by national corporations--almost all retailing in the country is now controlled by four companies, which is why Joseph Janus is running scared. It's the shareholders of these companies--that is, America itself--who are trying to stop XY from showing that gay boys can love. Like I said, it is a national system of bullying us into shame.
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