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

Gay Sex: Dangerous Climax

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

Gay Sex: Dangerous Climax

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Now that the false word is dangerously being spread that AIDS, the deadliest assault on our sexuality, may be about to be conquered and now that orgy rooms are resurging, several considerations about the future of gay sexuality are pertinent. The only way to attempt to "predict" is by looking at the past for elements of continuity and at the present for trends The following are trends I detect and outcomes that may be inferred.

1 Accounts from the sexual battlegrounds of the '70s abound among veterans in nostalgic conversations, in celebratory back-dated stories and novels. "Was it true that at the Mineshaft ... ?" a young man asks me about the most infamous of the "sex pig" establishments of the '70s. The young man asks his questions in admiration and goes on to delineate the most extreme acts that occurred within that monument to sleaze, acts that soon confused sex with punishment, humiliation, even violence. The young man asks his questions in admiration.

If his admiration is typical of his peers, that generation will celebrate the "end of AIDS" by resuming where the '70s left off. They will play "catch-up." Belts, chains, spittle, and piss will not be contemptuous enough--one fist, not violative enough.

There will be those who ask admonishing questions before the future constructs another terrible trap: How did sexual abundance as an enhancement of gay life twist into the only thing that mattered? Is it? Do we lead such barren lives? If ADDS had not disastrously struck, would we have moved into another danger, the danger of throttling all feelings, pursuing only sensation, moving past that to the point where nothing would be enough?

2 The physical appearance of gay men is determined by considerations of sexual attraction. A new breed of gay men is being shaped by its aversion to "femmishness." The trend is toward a body with tight muscles formed by machines that will not disturb hairstyle. The walk is becoming a strut in equal parts Madonna and Clint Eastwood. Hands increasingly cling to the hips in horror that idle hands may relax into a limp wrist, that hips may swish. The laughter, consciously brusque, often breaks into,a shriek in the late hours of nonsexual contact. If that direction is pursued, there will emerge a figure of effeminate masculinity, a new, conforming "stereotype" as identifiably gay as drag or leather--created to avoid "looking gay."

3 Within the heady atmosphere that may result from the unfounded supposition that we are seeing the "end of AIDS," we will see extreme factions--one championing abundant sex without qualification, another banishing sex as tantamount to death. …

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