On the Search for Gay Modern Love (April 5, 2008)

05Apr08

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: When The Chutney’s Gone

Subject: A very frightening woman describes a soulless marriage and divorce. For our gay alternative, click here.

Filed under: Straight Woman on Relationships

The updated tally (or why we feel like animals in the zoo): 6 out of 173 columns by openly gay writers; 1 out of 173 on female gay relationships; 0 out of 173 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 iiiii i (41)
Straight Woman on Family iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii (35)
Straight Woman on “Looking for Love” iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iii (33)
Straight Woman on Breaking Up iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iii (23)
Straight Man on Relationships iiiii iiiii i (11)
Straight Man on Breakup iiiiii (6)
Straight Woman on Gay Men iiiii i (6)
Straight Man on Family iiiii i(6)
Straight Man on “Looking for Love” iiiii (5)
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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2 Responses to “On the Search for Gay Modern Love (April 5, 2008)”

  1. 1 wil

    it’s written for the ladies, by the ladies. My advice – stop reading it.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Wil. I would totally be on board with your suggestion if they changed the name of the column to “Modern Love: For the Ladies, By the Ladies” (which would be kinda awesome, too!). But as it stands, it’s edited by Daniel Jones, who pretends to be a lot more “inclusive” than that, which makes us want to ask WTF?!


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