On the Search for Gay Modern Love: June 7, 2008

07Jun08

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: Let’s Not Get To Know Each Other Better by Joel Walkowski

Subject: A college student describes hookup culture as if it’s a new thing. Of course, because this is a Modern Love column, there is a sad, wistful feeling to the column as the kid looks ahead to the inevitable torpor induced by the chains of his future suburban existence. For our version, in which we made him slightly less apologetic and slightly less oblivious, click here.

Filed under: Straight Man on “Looking”

The updated tally (or why we feel like animals in the zoo): 7 out of 182 columns by openly gay writers; 2 out of 182 on female gay relationships; 0 out of 182 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 iii (43)
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 ii (7)
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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