Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bear or Straight?

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bear or Straight?

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Details magazine found itself in the midst of controversy earlier this year over its satirical piece "Gay or Asian?" It was part, of a series depicting the fashion crossover between gay dudes and other subcultures, with previous installments including "Gay or Preppy?" and "Gay or Guido?"

But whether or not you were offended by the Details piece, there's no denying that, in this age of metrosexuality, the whole notion of gaydar is getting more difficult to fine-tune.

It works both ways. Next time you're cruising some big hot bruiser at the Apple Store or in line for a roller coaster, you may have to ask yourself, Bear or straight?

[BEAR] [STRAIGHT] [BOTH]

(1) SHADES These bug-eyed numbers don't really flatter anyone besides NASCAR's Jeff Gordon, yet their awfulness somehow adds to the manly allure of this look.

(2) BRAIN Calculating his distance every 18 seconds--from the nearest all-you-can-eat barbecue. Most recent reads: FHM or the Sporting News; a Star Trek novelization; or the instructions to the kick-ass speakers he just bought for his laptop/iPod.

(3) SHIRT Gets fashion tips from Monster Garage because he has the hots for the hosts. …

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