Mark Simpson feels the gay bumps and lumps that betray the ‘gay brain’ Everyone loves Spotting The Gay. It’s a fun game the whole family can play. Scientists seem to love it too. There have been a number of studies in the last decade or so that claim to demonstrate that ‘gaydar’ – the name implying microwave-accuracy we like to give to gut-instinct gayspotting – exists. Though the results are not exactly stunning: only a bit better than chance, even after excluding bisexuality and pretending… Read More »Gayspotting, ‘Gaydar’ & the Gaga Doctrine
The father of the metrosexual on the father of the homosexual, and the birth of the ‘-sexual’ era (Out, September 2009) As you may have noticed, the out-and-proud modern gay, born amidst protest, shouting and flying bottles outside the Stonewall Inn in 1969, is now forty years old. But you may be less aware that this year is also the 140th birthday of a much more discreet and distinguished (if pathologized and sometimes pitiful) figure that Stonewall is often seen as making obsolete: The homosexual. The offspring of… Read More »The Homosexual is 140 – And Showing His Age
Mark Simpson on the almost-forgotten ‘English Whitman’ On his 80th birthday in 1924, five years before his death, the socialist Utopian poet, mystic, activist, homophile, environmentalist, feminist and nudist Edward Carpenter received an album signed by every member of Ramsay MacDonald’s Labour Cabinet. Glowing tributes appeared in the socialist papers as well as the Manchester Guardian, the Observer, the Evening Standard and even the Egyptian Gazette. He was hailed by the philosopher C.E.M. Joad as the harbinger, no less, of modernity itself: ‘Carpenter denounced the… Read More »Edward Carpenter – The Utopian Uranian
Great piece by the brilliant Irish columnist Dermod Moore in Dublin’s Hot Press about the BBC John Barrowman doc about the ’causes’ of his homosexuality called The Making of Me – or rather, The Making of MEEEEE!. I couldn’t quite bring myself to watch the doc myself which I’ve had on HDD for months because a) I’ve seen enough Barrowman to last me a lifetime, and b) I’ve written plenty on this subject already. Though maybe I would have watched it if the doc had… Read More »Born Gay or Knitted That Way?
by Mark Simpson (Guardian CIF, Sunday January 6, 2008) It’s official. The scientists have finally proved it. Gay men are as bad as women. Or as the Daily Mail puts it in a somewhat unnecessarily long headline: “Gay men are as bad at navigating as women“. The Daily Telegraph headline was a little more direct: “Women and gay men are ‘worst drivers‘”. Actually, this wasn’t what the researchers into spatial learning and memory at Queen Mary’s (no, really, that’s actually their name) College claimed at… Read More »Gay Men As Bad As Women (But Not As Bad As Psychobiology)