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  1. 1) Absolutely fantastic to see that young, masculine gay men are putting pressure--physical pressure, if necessary--on those who behave effeminately--a sure sign that the culture of effeminacy is doomed to extinction. (See NYT article) Kick the sissy's @ss and teach him a lesson!

    It is high time that other men see clearly that we will have no more tolerance as gay men for woman-idolizing, man-hating men than they do......and that effeminacy is NOT synonomous with homosexuality and vice-versa.

    2) I thought David Brooks' column made perfect sense. He is simply saying that if gay people are REALLY serious about the commitment that marriage entails, then that is a good thing. I suspect that, like me, he suspects that most really are not serious about commitment, but only want the "right" without the responsibility that is supposed to go along with it.

    Rest assured, though, that once marriage equality is a reality, we will be under scrutiny--and if hardly any of us actually marry and if few of the marriages that do take place last very long, we will have a lot of egg on our collective faces.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 2, 2013 4:15:06 PM

  2. Wow. And here I didn't think my opinion of you could get any lower, Rick. You are one pathetic and sick excuse for a human being. Not to mention a sad example of a man. Your self loathing and sexual insecurity really shines through in that post.

    Posted by: LiamB | Apr 2, 2013 4:20:16 PM

  3. "Absolutely fantastic to see that young, masculine gay men are putting pressure--physical pressure, if necessary--on those who behave effeminately--a sure sign that the culture of effeminacy is doomed to extinction".

    Please, they've been trying that sh.t since World War II. What queens need to do is what I didn't do: bang a brick across the head of a Gay fem basher.

    And usually the fem basher isn't all that butch himself...I mean, herself.

    Don't get this queen started.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 2, 2013 4:22:41 PM

  4. re: flamboyance. true story.

    here's a fun game, let's see how many 'effeminacy hating' gay commenters can put a face to their comments.

    spoiler alert - there will be NONE. NOT ONE. Why? simple - it's just what the guy said: it's internalized homophobia. they hate femmes, but they're too cowardly to put a face to themselves as a gay man.

    and that's how it will always be. the 'effeminacy-haters' are miserable and unhappy - and closeted. may they rot in their own prisons of cowardice.

    That's what I've always said to younger queer people who get picked on and bullied, by even other gays - you're already stronger, and "more man" than them, because you dont' live in pathetic fear every day of what people think or how they perceive you.

    i remember a couple years after high school i ran into a former-tormenter at a gay bar downtown, he (drunkenly) started screaming at me, blaming me for how hard it was for him to Come Out, because "people were gonna think that he was like me" - i said to him "then you should have come out first"

    don't be mad at me, or others, for coming out a bloody decade before you did, chump.

    now, we all know RICK is a pathetic excuse for a man who'd do the world a big favor by committing suicide, so rather than engage him in discussion, ask him to back up that he is what he says he is: proof, URL, video, photos, anything.

    he won't. anti-effeminacy gay males never can. EVER.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 2, 2013 4:28:09 PM

  5. one thing - flamboyance doesn't actual mean 'womanly' or "effeminate" or girly. it means loud and/or attention getting.

    ie, boorish drunken sports fans? that's flamboyance.

    bill o'reilly, glenn beck? them be very flamboyantses.

    it's just one of those instances where people use a word yet they actually mean to use another word.

    but that mother's letter will hit home with many of us - those who as children "stood out" .

    the good news is, as i wrote earlier, the self-hating gay male cowards who are giving her son crap aren't really to be found in the gay adult world. why? they're too freakin cowardly to exist in the Gay World, and their venom tends to only get lanced in anonymous online messageboards.

    her son is being picked on for the same reason GOProud slanders "gay liberals" - they're wimpy cowards who need to throw another under the bus in hopes of saving their own @ss.

    it's sad, but it's typical. you wanna see the biggest most worthless members of our community? the "effeminacy haters" - grown men who never got over the fact that they're not as strong and courageous as those who live each day with a target on their backs.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 2, 2013 4:33:47 PM

  6. Wow the article about the gay kid bullying the other gay kid I INSTANTLY thought of Rick and low and behold that low life made the first comment about the exact thing that makes him a low life. Maybe he has a son?

    Posted by: Will | Apr 2, 2013 4:34:02 PM

  7. seriously, trolls - prove me wrong, for once. put a face to your "anti-effeminacy" comments.

    after all, if you're such big tough strong men you'd do it right?

    *any young people who are picked on and bullied by folks like RICK, don't worry - you'll never run into them in the real world when you Come Out. trust me. they live under bridges. they have no friends. you won't ever have to deal with their ugliness in real life*

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 2, 2013 4:39:04 PM

  8. Actually, let me point out that the "bully" in this instance was out and proud--as the article indicated, he was a member of the Gay Straight Alliance at his school.

    So the young masculine gay men who are applying the sort of pressure that will eradicate the culture of effeminacy are NOT by any means in the closet of "self-loathing".....on the contrary, they realize that those who behave effeminately are doing so because THEY have internalized the homophobia of the society around them......(their effeminate behavior is basically an expression of the belief that homosexuality and masculinity are incompatible with each other)...and are rightly offended by their mindset.

    It is high time they were taught a lesson, the hard way if necessary.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 2, 2013 4:41:13 PM

  9. Rick, why don't you do what Kiwi said and show yourself?

    Posted by: Nathan | Apr 2, 2013 4:45:27 PM

  10. Oddly, that David Brooks piece is (or was) representative of gay media opinion in Toronto about a decade ago. As we were winning marriage, they ridiculed the whole idea, apparently missing the fact that gay people should be free to choose the family forms we want to choose, without restriction.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 2, 2013 4:48:02 PM

  11. Ok, enough is enough Andy. Get this site controlled with log-ins or something because hatred like this Rick dude keeps trolling with is disgusting. You sick bastard. What, you're happy when it's the stereotypically gay kids that kill themselves, huh?!?

    Posted by: Janson | Apr 2, 2013 4:52:28 PM

  12. "What, you're happy when it's the stereotypically gay kids that kill themselves, huh?!?"

    No, I will be happy when they are released from the clutches of the "gender-non-conformity" types who lie to them and tell them that is "just the way they are" and ensure by doing so that they continue with behavior that will only bring them a lifetime of misery and rejection. Who lie to them and tell them that their sexuality makes them unmasculine and that they should therefore behave in unmasculine ways.

    I will be happy when enough gay young people have rejected that mindset to make people like you a thing of the past, which appears to be happening, however gradually......and instead take their place in the society of other men, where they belong, not at the margins of society.

    Thank you.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 2, 2013 5:02:04 PM

  13. 1. David Brooks is a world-class jerk.

    2. So was David Letterman in that Shia Labouf interview...

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 2, 2013 5:06:50 PM

  14. How about that people act like themselves Rick? Most ifnot ALL 'flamboyant' 'feminine' gay guys I have ever met are genuine and nice people they aren't trying to 'conform' to anything they are just acting like who they are and if you are afraid of iaybe you should just stay home and not interact with the world because like it or not they are here to stay! And PLEASE for once why don't you show us who you really are?

    Posted by: Will | Apr 2, 2013 5:08:24 PM

  15. How masculine are you, Rick? I agree with the others, put up or shut up.

    Posted by: Janson | Apr 2, 2013 5:11:55 PM

  16. "they are just acting like who they are "

    No, they are consciously trying to act like women rather than men. Nature does not cause any man to refer to other men as "girls" or "Miss Thing." Nature does not cause men to "sing their words" then they talk. Nature does not cause men to swish when they walk (it does cause women, too--their anatomy dictates it). Nature does not cause men to prefer women pop stars, actors, etc. exclusively to male pop stars, actors, etc....or to live vicariously through them.

    Nope. Nature has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with any of that behavior. It is entirely unnatural, artificial, and contrived--and what drives it all, as I said, is the internalization of the idea that homosexuality and masculinity are incompatible and that if you are homosexual, you should therefore behave in unmasculine ways rather than in the naturally masculine way that nature DID intend.

    And that behavior is attractive to NOBODY, including effeminate gay men themselves, who invariably are attracted only to masculine guys.

    It is high time that this behavior was recognized for what it really is and done away with for good.

    Apply enough pressure to those who continue to engage in it and they will become more and more isolated and go extinct.

    Which I believe is finally beginning to happen, tnank God.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 2, 2013 5:20:38 PM

  17. OMG, Ricky, you're, like, such a GIRL!

    Posted by: hugo | Apr 2, 2013 5:23:07 PM

  18. Yet you're really not man enough to show yourself, are you Rick?

    don't worry, young ones - guys like Rick will never hurt you in the real world. They can't go out in public. They can't show themselves.

    And the highschool kid who is mocking the letter writer's son? He's angry that that kid is loved and accepted just for who he is, while the bully no doubt is merely tolerated on the grounds that "not be like that flamboyant kid"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 2, 2013 5:25:33 PM

  19. Re: David Brooks OP-ED in the NYT -

    I've always had a great deal of respect for Mr. Brooks and after noticing the by-line date, have come to two conclusions. The First is that his piece is one of the most profound indictments of marriage in the culture and society of America today and questions, why we, the LGBT culture would fight so hard to join it. The other conclusion is that this essay should join a certain recipe written by a Mr. Jonathan Swift as one of the greatest pieces of social satire ever written.

    Posted by: dbaudit | Apr 2, 2013 5:32:29 PM

  20. Rick how many effeminate gay men have you killed?

    You can't really be as butch as you claim to be unless you've slaughtered a sissy.

    As for Our Miss Brooks:

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 2, 2013 5:35:26 PM

  21. I suspect the Brooks column was an April Fool's item. This is not in character for him.

    I don't why people responded to trolling.

    Posted by: Charlie | Apr 2, 2013 5:47:52 PM

  22. So the Boy Sprouts are -- what?? -- coming out? Naah, just coming. Still and again and again. Dedicated wankers, not that there's anything wrong with that...

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Apr 2, 2013 5:49:24 PM

  23. People (Taibbi) are completely misconstruing and distorting the Brooks column. I have heard him on more than one occasion over the years explicitly and unequivocally endorse marriage equality--not 3-4 months ago, but 3-4 years ago before it was de moda. And he explicitly says in this column that if marriage equality wins, it will be a good thing for the larger society.

    Brooks simply points out that contrary to what anti-marriage conservatives assert, gays and lesbians are demanding to be integrated into the mainstream, embracing the idea of responsible committed married behavior, UNLIKE heterosexuals who have made a mockery of the institution of marriage.

    Brooks is as moderate and reasonable a conservative as you'll ever find. If gays and lesbians are attacking him, they have lost all perspective.

    Taibbi is grandstanding and showing his a$$, shouting down the straw man he built by distorting Brooks' words.

    Be smarter than this, people.

    Posted by: Interpreter | Apr 2, 2013 5:50:34 PM

  24. David Brooks has long supported gay marriage. He's also a big supporter of personal responsibility. His column makes perfect sense, but I imagine he's going to have to issue a clarification because so many people are misinterpreting it.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Apr 2, 2013 5:51:26 PM

  25. what? no proof-of-masculinity from our resident cowards? quel mutha-luvin' surprise.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 2, 2013 6:15:37 PM

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