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            ruling regarding posting photographs through the mail ended censorship
            and made gay magazines — and thus “full-frontal gay vocabulary” — pos-
            sible because while one picture was worth a thousand words, a thousand
            words quickly followed to amplify the photos.
               Beginning in 1946, Bob Mizer (1922-1992), a reductive linguist with
            a fifty-year publishing career, had a very infamous keyword list of codes
            in his hugely popular magazine Physique Pictorial. His secret short hand
            of chicken-scratch primitive symbols told the sexuality of his models to
            his subscribers who had to request Mizer’s “translation list” for decipher-
            ing the almost Lascaux symbols into words. In short, like the witchcraft
            grimoires before, the gay grimoires dared come forward from the subterra
            of underground outlaw culture into the straightstream of American pop
            culture.


            Part II.  Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Sort a’)
               Neologisms, Their Need, Genesis,
               and Guide to the Past:
               Homomasculinity, Leather, and Bear
               with Attendant Cloned Words

               Out of journalistic necessity,
               I coined the word homomasculinity
               so I could write about
               the geography of men
               at the existential ‘XYY-Point’
               where our male latitude
               crosses our gay longitude

               Stonewall was to gay liberation what talking pictures were to Hol-
            lywood. Suddenly in the 70s, gay magazines spoke! Gay culture found
            its voice. Gay mags were the first medium word-smithing uncoded gay
            popular culture — and, in a huge intellectual mistake, have been largely
            neglected by scholars. (Gay film was silent cinema until video cameras
            appeared in 1982; gay book publishers hardly appeared before the mid-to-
            late 1980s.) Coming out of a text-free tradition heretofore disguised coyly
            as physique photo booklets for “artists who cannot afford models,” gay
            magazines such as the pioneer Drummer (first issue June 20, 1975) pro-
            claimed something new: frontal nudity plus sexy captions, sex-narrative
            news articles, gonzo feature articles and interviews, and erotic fiction
            openly inviting masturbation.



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