Panoramic buns by M Burns

Sporno Italico

Mark Simpson visits Rome’s Foro Italico, home of Mussolini’s Olympic ‘gay gang-bang in Carrara marble’ Off the well-worn tourist track, on the North bank of the Tiber in the Eternal City, hidden away in the Foro Italico sports complex, is a vast, open-air shrine to the idealised male form that most visitors to Rome are […]

The Harrison twins & chums comparing pumps.

Meat the Spornosexual

The second generation of metrosexuals are cumming. And this time it’s hardcore by Mark Simpson What is it about male hipsters and their strange, pallid, highly ambivalent fascination with bodies beefier and sexier than their own? Which means, of course, pretty much everyone? You may remember last year that last year the Guardian columnist and TV […]

Narcissus selfie

Metrosexuality & the Selfie

Mark Simpson was recently email interviewed by Beverly Parungao for a Sydney Morning Herald piece titled ‘Are Men Becoming Too Metrosexual?’ . Below are his unapologetic, uncircumcised replies. BP: What is driving the metrosexual movement? MS: Self-love – and a certain amount of self-loathing – is certainly a powerful dynamo. But ultimately what we’re seeing here is nothing less than […]


An Anatomy of Sporno

The world’s finest athletes strip off, oil up and compare their ass-ets for photographer Howard Schatz. I think wrestling is the sport for me. These photos were published in 2002, before sporno really took off as a media phenomenon. The relative innocence and chastity of these photos illustrates how in just a decade sporting body shapes […]

Warwick's naked rowers

Oars Out For The Lads

The Warwick University naked rowers are back with their 2014 calendar. Fighting homophobia by inviting – nay, begging for – the gayze. They’ve certainly got mine.