Not So Vague

Jessemetcalfe_1Did someone cut off Wonder Woman’s arm and reattach it to Jesse Metcalfe? Trent at Pink is the New Blog wonders, “What’s with the jewelry?”

Well, if we weren’t so sure it’s the work of an overzealous stylist determined to give Jesse that ironic butch retro look (though not even Rod Stewart and a Camaro can make the sweet boy look tough) we might think that Jesse was an “excited, energized, adventurous, ready-to-go” (see mood ring color meaning chart) bottom (note armband is on his right wrist).

Or maybe it is that Jesse has adopted the new “gay vague” look.
Cuz…metrosexuality is so five minutes ago. The NYT‘s David Colman jumped all over this trend on Sunday:

“A new gray area…is rendering gaydar – that totally unscientific sixth sense that many people rely on to tell if a man is gay or straight – as outmoded as Windows 2000. It’s not that straight men look more stereotypically gay per se, or that out-of-the-closet gay men look straight. What’s happening is that many men have migrated to a middle ground where the cues traditionally used to pigeonhole sexual orientation – hair, clothing, voice, body language – are more and more ambiguous. Make jokes about it. Call it what you will: ‘gay vague’ will do. But the poles are melting fast.”

However, Jesse Metcalfe’s jewelry ain’t “vague.” It’s pretty damn gay.

And Lynda Carter is wandering around somewhere searching for a limb.

Gay or Straight? Hard to Tell [nyt]
Who’s Your Daddy? [pink is the new blog]
The Jesse Metcalfe Collection [tr]


  1. Buster says

    I saw Colman’s article and had two thoughts:

    (1) REAL Gaydar isn’t about the clothing.

    (2) What the hell is a dumb-ass, content-free, “belongs-in-Parade-Magazine-with-rest-of-the-straight-suburban-middle-class-crap” article like this doing in the NY Times?

  2. says

    Hmmm…I need a larger version of that pic. The wristband thing looks a lot like something that Mr. S Leathers sells as a piece of jewelry for folks in BDSM relationships. If it’s a plain brushed metal band, it might indeed be the same thing.

  3. Jefferson says

    …and while we’re on the topic of Lynda Carter, one word baby! COMEBACK!! She’s coming back kids! Even making EW’s Summer Must List. I knew she had it in her!

  4. says

    Its true that real gaydar isn’t about the clothing although I’ve been so horrendously wrong sometimes I am probably not one to talk. For example, one of my best ‘straight’ friends wore girls dior glasses and I had to TELL him they were girls glasses. I think he have later “lost” my AL 13s in retribution though.
    Though dress may screw with anyone’s gaydar, there is no way that straights can walk or act gay and v. versa. Its all in the gait i tell ya

    regarding browscapes – if its shaved he might be straight, tweezed – gay for sure.

  5. well_suited says

    David Colman uses the term “gay-vague” many times in
    his article, and it appears to be his own invention.

    “Gay-vague” is a term that was coined by a business
    journalist, Michael Wilke. The phrase appeared in his
    reporting for Advertising Age from 1994-98.

    Shouldn’t David Colman at least acknowledge this
    source in his article? Without crediting the source,
    is this plagiarism? “Gay-vague” is not a commonly used
    phrase in the New York Times. It appears that only one
    article from the New York Times archive used this
    phrase, back in 1996.

    Information about journalist Michael Wilke’s use of
    the phrase “gay-vague” appears at the URL below:

  6. Juan S. says

    Boys, Men rings are what is about to be hot. Just wait and see. Sooner or later we´ll all be wearing one. They´re just the first ones to do it, they probably where the fist ones to use colored socks.

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