The Rise & Fall of Monosexuality

‘There is no middle ground – you are either heterosexual or homosexual.’ Until quite recently, this statement was regarded as common sense. More than this, it was a kind of widely-shared article of quasi religious faith, as prescriptive as it was descriptive. An Eleventh Commandment. Heterosexuality was the default, normal, right, setting and anything that strayed from that was homosexuality. That is to say: sinful, wrong, ill, odd, hilarious, niche. This heterocentric, essentially monosexual world-view was not just conventional wisdom for many straight people. It was also […]

What Do Men Want?

Facial hair fascinates me. I’m not actually much of a fan of it personally, but symbolically I’m besotted. Particularly the way that it is no longer a secondary sexual characteristic, a sign of manhood, or a love of Real Ale, but an adorable accessory that men today adopt and discard according to whim, following in the capricious, scented footsteps of Beckham et al. Though of course, if you’re gay and living in a metropolitan area whim isn’t allowed. You have to sport a beard at […]