Friday, February 24, 2006

Notes towards the rehabilitation of the seventh grade definition of the word GAY.

We live in a watershed era for Gay civic participation in these here United States of ours. “Brokeback Mountain” has giving respectability to what was for a long time a subversive trope in Western Folklife: The Lonesome Cowboy Who Likes Other Cowboys. (Both the Velvet Underground and their sworn enemy Frank Zappa have worked that vineyard.)

And trust me, the dam has bursting. If Hollywood’s cannibalistic recent past is any indication, Tales of Sailors who can fold sweaters and hairless Bikers trading in their hogs for Miatas will be flooding the Cineplexes soon, MARK MY WORDS.

Surveys show that healthy majorities of emerging young voters support universal marriage rights, adding an interesting dimension to a debate that was unimaginable even 24 months ago.

As our GLBT claim their places at the Republic’s all you can eat pancake feed, it may be soon that us, their allies in the straight community, will be able to reclaim something that we have put aside in the interest of human dignity. I mean of course the 7th grade definition of the word GAY.

In those moist, glistening pre-Britney days of sexual innocence, when a young lad seeing Phoebe Cates emerging from a pool had enough fodder to get him you through the year, the emergence of Gay culture was confusing.

We were pretty sure Gay simply meant being so depraved as wanting to have sex with anything: shoes, Chryslers, hedgehogs and the concept of Pi were all fair game for these denizens of the twilight world, these GAYS. John Ritter was not pretending to be to be seeking emotional succor from another man, he was pretending to be a twisted pervert so far past what was normal that he would fully ignore Chrissi’s jiggling as he pined for a grapefruit or a crack at one of Burt Convey’s bleeding hair plugs.

So out of this confusion and our sheltered lives we hobbled our own definition of the word that was all over the media that our parents were unwilling to define for us.

Gay, as used on the playground and biketrail, meant a misplaced aesthetic moment, an enthusiasm for something clearly shoddy and self-reverential. It’s pretty close to Clement Greenburg’s definition of kitsch, that is "the debased ... simulacrum of genuine culture", although something GAY isn’t necessarily as cynical as inferred by Greenburg’s kitsch. It can entirely merely be misguided, or overblown. 7th graders can give two shits about intent. Tough little buggers.

Catch them is an introspective, vulnerable moment however, and 7th graders can admit to occasionally losing them to gayness. In this sense gayness is Dionysian.

Case in point: Disneyland.

Super freaking gay. But get past them past their instinctual queasiness and the 7th grader will be wearing those gay ass goofy ears and eating cotton candy like a goddamn Little Lord Fountlegay.

(Curious lexigraphical note: under certain conditions, Disney can meet the three definitions of the word GAY. There is one weekend a year where the GLBT community informally descends en masse on Disneyland. So it’s gay, gay, AND gay, all at once.)

Things that are gay:

Game Shows
Poodles
Middle Age men playing golf
Sunday Brunches
Roller Skating
Fan Clubs
Parents
Unconcealed nose picking
Argyle
Foods that are “Extreme”
BMX bikes with fake gas tanks
Skateboards bought at Grocery Stores
Church
Your boss
Inordinately enthusiastic hair care
Clothes that match
Clothes that don’t match
Bright things
Books
Ralph Lauren
Dave Matthews
Fake 80s Hair Metal Fandom
(Note: Chaps are not gay. They are Homo. )

I hope this has helped. I also hope that, you know, it wasn’t too….Gay. (That was gay. I’m sorry.)

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6 Comments:

Blogger Crackpot Press said...

What is this thing you have for Burt Convey?


Sure,. he was a genius... but I am just asking....

Do we need to talk?

10:06 PM  
Blogger Hicksion said...

I've recently stumbled across the use of the word 'Gey' instead of 'Gay'. The term is used by disenfranchised youths who don't want to be seen to be homophobic when writing on their blogs, but still want to use the contemporary insult currency that being 'gay' provides. I think they'd all cunts.

http://cbnc.blogspot.com/

8:42 AM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

Yep, cunts.

My own deal is to take back gay and use that as beachhead for introducing "faggoty".

9:53 AM  
Blogger Jack P Toerson said...

Have linked to your blog.

My verification word was vxtiguo.

12:21 PM  
Blogger How I Died Today said...

How about BMX bikes with fake flowered basket?

1:42 PM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

Depends on the insouciance of the thing. If you're all, HEY I got a flowered basket, check me out, then that is gay.

Or if you're a dude. No amount of insouciance is going to pull you out of that hole. You're straight up fronting gay. You need to start kicking some older dudes asses RIGHT NOW. Maybe even some dude's dad.

2:17 PM  

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