On the Search for Gay Modern Love: February 16, 2008

16Feb08

In which The Gay Recluse updates his informal but rather telling quantitative analysis of Modern Love, the weekly Style Section (of The Times) column in which openly gay writers almost never appear, and even less frequently describe a romantic relationship.

This week’s piece: I Married a Republican: There, I Said It

Subject: A (bland, suburban) Democrat marries a (bland, suburban) Republican and writes about the challenge of attending cocktail parties. “On my first date with Lorne, over black ink pasta and Chianti, I ranted about union busting.” Rather than subject yourself to this degree of tedium and convention, we suggest our own alternative, “I Married a Lesbian Republican: There I Said It.”

Filed under: Straight Woman on Relationships

The updated tally (or why we feel like animals in the zoo): 6 out of 166 columns by openly gay writers; 1 out of 166 on female gay relationships; 0 out of 166 on male gay relationships. In what is arguably the “gayest” section of The Times, more women have written about gay men than gay men have.

Outstanding question to Daniel Jones, editor of Modern Love: wtf?

Straight Woman on Relationships iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii ii (38)
Straight Woman on Family iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii (35)
Straight Woman on “Looking for Love” iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii ii (32)
Straight Woman on Breaking Up iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iii (23)
Straight Man on Relationships iiiii iiiii (10)
Straight Man on Breakup iiiiii (6)
Straight Woman on Gay Men iiiii i (6)
Straight Man on Family iiiii (5)
Straight Man on “Looking for Love” iiii (4)
Gay Man on Family ii (2)
Gay Woman on Relationship i (1)
Gay Woman on Family i (1)
Gay Man on Self-Hatred i (1)
Gay Man on Prom Date i (1)
Ambiguous/Nurse on Drugs i (1)

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