On the Search for Gay Modern Love: May 24, 2008

24May08

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: Instant Message, Instant Girlfriend by Roger Hobbs

Subject: A nerdy but sweet high school guy overcomes his fear of talking to girls by IMing them. Like many nerds, this kid struck as rather gay, so let’s hope he comes out soon! (After all, he goes to Reed College!) For our gay version of the piece, click here.

Filed under: Straight Man on “Looking”

The updated tally (or why we feel like animals in the zoo): 7 out of 180 columns by openly gay writers; 2 out of 180 on female gay relationships; 0 out of 180 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.

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 i (36)
Straight Woman on “Looking for Love” iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii (35)
Straight Woman on Breaking Up iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii iii (23)
Straight Man on Relationships iiiii iiiii ii (12)
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 i (6)
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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