On the Search for Gay Modern Love: April 19, 2008

19Apr08

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: The Joy of Marriage Was Ours, for a While

Subject: A women reflects on her annulled California marriage and subsequent divorce from her partner. Nice job, Torie Osborn and Daniel Jones! Obviously we’re happy to see a gay piece in Modern Love, and we hope it’s the beginning of a trend! (But! For our even more pessimistic version, click here.)

Filed under: Gay Woman on Relationships

The updated tally (or why we feel like animals in the zoo): 7 out of 175 columns by openly gay writers; 2 out of 175 on female gay relationships; 0 out of 175 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: Is this the start of a trend?

Straight Woman on Relationships iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii ii (42)
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 ii (2)
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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