News: Pluto, Sleeping, Jeffrey Dahmer, Baseball Caps, Frank Ocean

RoadHubble discovers fifth moon orbiting Pluto.

RoadPortland Press Herald poll: Voters favor marriage equality 57 to 35 percent.

DahmerRoadGraphic novel about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to be adapted into film: "Released earlier in March by Abrams ComicArts, the tome follows Jeffrey Dahmer from age 12, when he was a shy, bespectacled kid, right up to the day he kills his first victim two weeks after high school graduation."

RoadREPORT: Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer 'Magic Mike' feud.

RoadRomney adviser Tara Wall didn't hear boos at Romney's NAACP event. She heard "thunderous applause over and over again". Let's revisit.

RoadAmy Adams vs Nina Arianda as Janis Joplin: it's a win-win situation.

RoadNew study probes how the brain paralyzes muscles as you sleep: "The chemical systems work together to paralyze skeletal muscles during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, according to a study published in the July 11 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The finding may help scientists better understand and treat disorders, including narcolepsy, tooth grinding, and REM sleep behavior disorder."

RoadDaniel Tosh apologizes for rape joke.

RoadCharlize Theron and Michael Fassbender cover 'W'.

BugRoadAndrew Sullivan looks at blushing bugs.

RoadRich Juzwiak sounds off on gay men and baseball caps: "The cap will get you every time. Look past the cap. Never trust a big butt and a cap. These are the things I believe because I know the power of the cap. I even mentioned it last time. The cap works."

RoadDid Nancy Grace drive 'vodka mom' to suicide?

RoadDonald Trump opens $150 million golf course in Scotland, skirts environmental concerns.

RoadNYC pay phones get new life as Wi-Fi hotspots: "Users can log on without a password and there's no usage limit. Rahul N. Merchant, Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer, says the goal is to add to the existing phones, not replace them."

RoadColin Farrell: ripped in Rio.

RoadAudience reaction shots from Mitt Romney's NAACP address.

NyctaxiRoadNYC taxi fares to rise by 17%. "The cost of a fare between Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport will rise by $7, to $52, exclusive of tolls and tip. The surcharge on rides to Newark Liberty International Airport will also go up, to $17.50 from $15."

RoadTwitterverse: Frank Ocean = Jerry Sandusky.

RoadDan Savage says 'ex-gay' group Exodus International's surrender of the 'ex-gay' thing is a bit of deja vu: "So we've gone from Boys in the Band to Stonewall through forty years of the gay rights movement and forty years of an anti-gay backlash funded by the religious right and twenty years of an ex-gay 'movement' that promised 'freedom from homosexuality'… only to arrive right back where we started: Alan Chambers is a sad and pathetic man."

RoadAttorney: Bradley Manning facing harsher treatment than terrorists. "David Coombs, the civilian lawyer who has been representing the soldier for the past two years after he was arrested in Iraq on suspicion of being the WikiLeaks source, will be pressing his case in a military court next week. In a motion that he has lodged with the court as part of the lead up to a full court martial, he warns that unless the 'aiding the enemy' charge is clarified it would leave Manning in a more onerous legal position than terrorists facing exactly the same count."

Comments

  1. Dback says

    That Twitterfeed on Frank Ocean is really depressing. Black people may not necessarily be more homophobic that people of other races, but hip-hop culture sure does its part to generate some really warped and scary ideas about hyper-masculinity, which results in a lot of homophobia and intolerance (not to mention misogyny).

  2. ryan says

    The best part of the Frank Ocean story is that he’s making music that’s stands so head and shoulders above the ho’s, pimps, dollah’s, playah’s garbage that if I was his competition I’d be angry too.

    Talent is the biggest check you can deliver to mediocrity and ignorance. Frank Ocean is going to be just fine.

  3. Rick says

    “As a gay man, I find myself consumed by the concept of masculinity”

    Indeed. Of course, you do. The honest truth.

    “This issue becomes even more confusing for gay men. As a gay, you understand that while you’ll always find peers who allow you to be exactly as queeny as you are, there is still a social hierarchy that puts a premium on masculinity. Tops are valued. “Straight-acting” is a badge of pride, despite the term’s corrosiveness. I’m not immune to this – my eye wanders toward men who appear to be more on the masculine side, and I don’t know why that is.”

    Your eye and everybody else’s eye, as well. And why is that? Nature. That’s all. Nature.

    “Shavings of internalized homophobia that litter my brain could be the culprit.”

    No, it’s nature. Stop trying to fight it.

    “To counter, I’ve been considering adopting an affirmative-action policy toward femme guys. I tell myself, “Get into it,” like the drag queens/all of us say.”

    LOL. It won’t work, of course.

    And here we see the ill effects of the ideology of gender-non-conformity.

    The real solution is for gay men to rid themselves of the unnatural behavior that the culture of effeminacy has wrought and behave the way nature intended for us to–just like other men. Which not only makes us more attractive to ourselves, but to others, including other gay men.

    When we all do so, we will have truly liberated ourselves. Not until then, though.

  4. says

    Someone give Rick a cookie and some prozac. Hating herself must be exhausting work. Homegirl needs to get laid outside of a truckstop once in a while. It’s kinda sad, she seems like she could be a semi-decent person if she stopped freebasing the daddy issues.

  5. says

    Someone give Rick a cookie and some prozac. Hating herself must be exhausting work. Homegirl needs to get laid outside of a truckstop once in a while. It’s kinda sad, she seems like she could be a semi-decent person if she stopped freebasing the daddy issues.

  6. Blake says

    Oh a story on baseball caps, that’s interesting, I like wearing those.

    *clicks link

    …..oh…a simpering garbage article from Gawker that delusionally overanalyzes the “hidden meanings” of liking baseball caps, and neurotically wrings its hands over what to think about them like some obnoxious self-involved teenage schoolgirl. Great. Hey wake me up when Gawker publishes something interesting on the topic of gay men that isn’t written by some pathologically hysterical wymynns studies graduate obsessed with the misandric vagaries of “gender performance”, “the male gaze”, and obviously contrived “internalized homophobia”. Whenever I meet someone of the sort who writes articles like that one, I try to get myself away from them as fast as I possibly can.

  7. Bob R says

    Tatum/Pettyfer feud. I’ve read and heard nothing but bad about Pettyfer. He does seem to be a diva with very little talent. I wouldn’t pay to see him clothed or naked. He just strikes me as very much into himself and that makes him ugly regardless of his physical assets. I also can’t understand the adulation heaped upon Channing, either, but taste is purely subjective. I live in a major university town and see college men everyday (except during the summer months) that are extremely more attractive than either of these two.

    Nancy Grace could drive anyone to suicide. She has the face of a pig and the tongue of a viper. I hope someday she’s visited by Karma and pays a major toll for her hatefulness.

    Romney used the NAACP to provide red meat for his racist Tea Party doubters. He’ll boast of bearding the lion in its den. The appearance was calculated to be a win/win for Romney no matter how it turned out. It was wise for Obama not to go, since his appearance would have been played by the GOP and their propagandists as pure pandering to his “colored” base.

    They will eventually kill Bradley Manning. He is being used as a threat against anyone who might even think about whistle blowing in the future. Of course I learned long ago that military “justice” is to justice what military music is to music. Manning’s treatment is unconscionable for a first world “democracy”, but we lost our moral compass to fear and cowardice when we allowed the Patriot Act to become law.

    Okay, that’s it for now. TTFN!

    Oh, and Rick, please get some psychological counseling. Your life must be a living hell.

  8. Blake says

    Well, my loathing for pseudointellectual copywriters at boring rags like Gawker is exceeded only by that of Yoko Ono fans. Thus, be gone with you, Christopher.

  9. endo says

    You gotta at least admire Ms. Ricky’s chutzpah. She keeps coming around here despite being universally loathed.

    WURK, HUNEY!

  10. Chad says

    “I will admit that I am a big fan of the porn-approved turning of the hat brim from the front to the back to suck cock because I dig ceremony”

    Laughed out loud, Rich Rocks.

  11. BEAHBEAH says

    Baseball caps? Seriously? I’m the exact opposite. I avoid hitting on guys that are wearing sunglasses or baseball caps. I usually find that they are trying to hide something and look way better covered up.

  12. Mike in the Tundra says

    @Winston Be careful. I once said something similar to”Homegirl needs to get laid”, and another poster volunteered me for the job.

  13. Randy says

    The Ocean-Sandusky thing reveals what many in the public are really angry about in the case, and it’s not the rape. It’s the fact they were boys.

  14. Lucas says

    @BEAHBEAH, exactly!!! In my experience, gays who wear baseball caps are just bald and are trying to cover it up. It doesn’t make you more masculine, it makes you seem insecure… everyone knows your bald under that cap. Why hide it.. I actually think bald is pretty sexy.

    As for “straight acting” gays… why the need to put on an act? Just be yourself.

    Daniel Tosh – Rape jokes are never funny.

  15. Lucas says

    @BEAHBEAH, exactly!!! In my experience, gays who wear baseball caps are just bald and are trying to cover it up. It doesn’t make you more masculine, it makes you seem insecure… everyone knows your bald under that cap. Why hide it.. I actually think bald is pretty sexy.

    As for “straight acting” gays… why the need to put on an act? Just be yourself.

    Daniel Tosh – Rape jokes are never funny.

  16. Blake says

    I’m always somewhat suspicious of the intelligence of a person who says something like “jokes about X are never funny!”, or even “never ok!”. That sort of fascist impulse has always raised my ire. Of course they can be and are funny.

    Here’s one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4hNaFkbZYU

  17. ratbastard says

    The Sandusky / Penn State child sex scandal is beyond disgusting. Even now there are many students trying to whitewash what happened, because they believe it reflects badly on them, and the Penn State name will hurt future career prospects. The banality of evil.

    ===================

    I had bad night terrors as a child. Night terrors are very vivid nightmares where you’re half asleep / half awake, paralyzed. Usually they involved an evil malevolent thing / entity in the room with me, sometimes it would appear like the ceiling and walls were moving and closing in on me. I knew I was asleep and dreaming but was still very aware, and always said to myself that if I could just move one part of my body, a toe or finger, I’d wake up and it would be over. Sometimes I thought I was going to suffocate and die. Sleep paralysis is terrifying especially to a child.

  18. ratbastard says

    @Lucas,

    Please tell me what exactly is acting gay? I’m gay. I’m not effeminate in any way. I would consider myself I suppose to be a non-effeminate gay man. Is that OK?

  19. Zell says

    @Ratbastard: Nope,not okay! Clearly, you’re self-loathing and have a terrible life. Gay people must not conform to society’s rules, they must only conform to the rules of other gay men.

  20. St. Theresa of Avila says

    “The Ocean-Sandusky thing reveals what many in the public are really angry about in the case, and it’s not the rape. It’s the fact they were boys.”

    Sadly, there’s a bit of truth in this. Also, I bet > 80% of those twitter morons are in the closet or “on the down low”. I once worked with an African-American guy, basically masculine seeming but sometimes rather tellingly florid in his expressions and body language. He once spent an ENTIRE DAY (we shared a 4 person office) talking about how much he hated the movie “Jarhead” he’d seen the night before, and how f-ggy it was, how Jake was probably a f-g, etc. etc. It was so bleedin’ obvious he was into Jake’s booty and couldn’t deal with it. My point is there’s a tendency in young black men with this problem to lash out rather than internalize. (of course, I was not openly gay to these particular coworkers)

  21. stevenelliot says

    Am I the only gay man who likes the look and company of effeminate men? Im a pitcher, and I like my catchers a little swishy. It turns me on. And I dont mean queeny, or catty. I mean fem.
    If youre naturally just you? GREAT why change it?? Please dont wear a baseball cap, scratch ur crotch, adjust your jewels and spit on the sidewalk: just so’s you can prove to someone youre not gay.

  22. TJ says

    BLAKE – There’s something suspicious about the humanity and maturity of someone who finds humor in rape, or the suffering of any fellow human being. Just sayin’.

  23. Paul R says

    Not trusting guys wearing baseball caps or sunglasses? Really? That’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. I have to wear sunglasses because my eyes are incredibly sensitive to the sun, and I wear a cap sometimes because I have a ton of hair that is a pain to style and I prefer not to look insane.

  24. Henry Holland says

    “Sleep paralysis is terrifying especially to a child”

    Trust me, it’s no fun as a 52 year old. I occasionally have exactly what you describe happen to me and I’ve hurt myself lashing out at things that aren’t there while half awake-half asleep. I’m afraid of pills or taking sleeping medicines, so I just deal with it when it happens. Thanks for sharing that.

    “Gay people must not conform to society’s rules, they must only conform to the rules of other gay men”

    Can I get a copy of the rulebook please? I seem to have misplaced mine.

    “Am I the only gay man who likes the look and company of effeminate men?”

    My younger brother is gay and very butch and every guy he’s dated (since he came out in the 80’s) has been effeminate. His partner he’s with now is awesome, I’m so glad he and my brother are together.

  25. UFFDA says

    Have you ever noticed how stupid ENDO is? Never anything to really contribute, just petty bitching. zzzzzzzzzzz…

  26. johnny says

    And then there’s the gay guys who wear baseball caps because:

    A. We like them.

    B. The sun is in our eyes when we’re working outside.

    C. It’s a bad hair day but want to go out in public anyway.

    Gee, I dunno, it might just be something other than “wanting to act straight”.

    Some gay boys from the city sometimes make me shake my head and wonder.

  27. Nanuq says

    Andrew Sullivan on “blushing bugs?” Maybe I’m not getting the joke (is it a semi-pun related to “bugger?”).

    For serious, the question is what survival purpose is served by the change in color, and why red?

  28. Rick says

    @Steven Elliott Just curious. If your attraction is to the feminine, then why don’t you just sleep with women?

  29. Lucas says

    @Ratbastard, my point was that you shouldn’t “act gay” or “act straight.” just be yourself. So many people put on these facades.

  30. says

    the hilarious thing about Rick and his fellow wimps is they’re all pathetically screaming for a revolution that will never come.

    why? because the only people who think like Rick are just LIKE Rick – meaning so f***ing cowardly and lacking balls that they’ll never stand up to be counted as gay men. a legion of plebes demanding that every once else go out there and make a change that they don’t, themselves, have any intention of doing.

    femmes aint going nowhere. neither ,for that matter, are truly “masculine” gay males.

    newsflash – confident, secure, masculine gay men don’t ever ever EVER denigrate or mock ‘femme’ guys – that’s strictly the domain of the resentful insecure homosexual coward. so keep screaming from inside your Online Closets, boys. Nobody can hear you because your anonymity means you dont exist. 😀

    *elegant curtsy*

    Gotta love Rich Juzwiak, though. Bonerlicious.

    And Savage is dead right about Alan CHmabers.

    My question (which has never been answered) – if “effeminate” behavior or “stereotypical gay-isms” are the byproduct of pressure to fit into the Monolithic Gay Community, then why does CHambers still embody practically all of them whilst doing all he can to distance himself from “the gay”? 😀