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04/19/2007


Veet's 'Don't Risk Dudeness' Ads Border On Homo- And Transphobic: VIDEOS

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Veet is advertising its hair-removal products with ads that implying that women turn into dudes if they go even one day without shaving their legs and armpits. The ads go a step further by suggesting that men are rightfully repulsed by such women, depicting them as a bearded, bearish dude with a lady's voice.

The not-so-subtle subtext is that if you don't conform to men's standards of beauty, you're a unattractive dude worthy of rejection from your boyfriend, taxi drivers, EMTs, manicurists, Veet and viewers at large. Furthermore, being attracted to any person with body hair makes you gay or a lover of mannish women.

Yes, the ads are meant to be lighthearted and funny, but the underlying sexism, homophobia and transphobia has not gone un-noticed by ad groups.

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Get Ready For The Longest, Wettest Gay Kiss Of Your Life: VIDEO

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The kissing in this ad for the Florida/France Festival — "a community-wide fête of concerts, films and pop-up Culture Clicks throughout Miami" — goes on for so long that it's both hot and ridiculously impractical.

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'My Status Is Not A Secret' Says New HIV Awareness Campaign: VIDEO

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One of the greatest assets in fighting HIV transmission is being able to talk about the disease, for it's when things are hidden and kept secret that they grow into larger problems. Column Five Media is spearheading a new campaign called "My Status Is Not A Secret" which utilizes personal interviews with HIV positive and negative individuals to help break down the stigma of discussing status. Said Senior Producer for Column Five Ian Klein in an interview with Huffington Post:

My Status Is Not A SecretThis project is important because people, whether infected with or affected by HIV, as we all ultimately are, can learn a great deal through personal testimony, whether that be about the process of getting tested, effectively managing the disease, or preventing infection in the first place. Walking the line between normalizing HIV and encouraging less infection, is certainly tricky, but the importance of both is wildly important to overcoming this crisis.

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First Look At Harvey Fierstein's New Play 'Casa Valentina': VIDEO

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Gravelly-voiced Broadway super-gay Harvey Fierstein is revisiting drag for the first time since La Cage aux Folles with his new show Casa Valentinawherein straight men vacation to the Catskills to dress up and act like women. From the press release:

Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men — white-collar professionals with families — to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when they got the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, these 'self-made women' had to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding was worth the risk of personal ruin.

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Rob Lowe Tells Oprah the Unforgettable Lesson Madonna Taught Him: VIDEO

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Actor Rob Lowe tells Oprah that he once went on a date with Madonna to a New York City nightclub where throngs of her fans had gathered to celebrate the release of her new album.

"I thought, 'This is it. This is the night. It's happening tonight. I'm the boy toy. I - am the boy toy.'"

When she invited him onto the dance floor with her, he refused, thinking her insane. She then turned around and told him something that has stayed with him to this day.

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SNL Writer: Gay Character Stefon Was Based On Two Real-Life New Yorkers - VIDEO

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Saturday Night Live has already sent off the weirdly wonderful gay NYC party-promoter Stefon (he got married to Anderson Cooper, remember?).

But in a recent talk with former SNL head writer Seth Meyers, co-writer John Mulaney discussed the real-life barista and party-promoter who helped inspire the Stefon character as well as Mulaney's regular attempts to get Stefon actor Bill Hader to crack up during every show.

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