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             to-man.” I learned that phrase at my father’s knee, and at school from
             Robert Burns’ “A Man’s a Man for A’ [All] That.” In 1795, during the
             Age of Enlightenment and on the eve of the French Revolution which led
             to our Gay Revolution in the 1970s, Burns wrote this inclusive poem of
             egalitarian social justice:

                            Then let us pray that come it may
                              (As come it will for a’ that),
                          That Sense and Worth o’er a’ the earth,
                              Shall bear the gree an a’ that.
                                 For a’ that, an a’ that,
                               It’s coming yet for a’ that,
                            That man to man, the world, o’er
                              Shall brithers be for a’ that.

                Gays spin everything for camp. I’ll be the first to say the world is
             full of male impersonators of every kind. If satire of a concept is proof
             of its existence, I gladly point out homomasculinity’s confirmation in
             the comic camp of the disco group “The Village People” who staged a
             commercial stereotype of the archetype singing “Macho Man,” “In the
             Navy,” and “YMCA.” “The Village People” leatherman, Glenn Hughes,
             oftentimes partied with our Drummer salon who were also — late nights
             at the Slot Hotel and the Barracks bath on Folsom Street — fisting and
             fucking Foucault.
                During the 1980s, I tub-thumped homomasculinity, importing it with
             my leatherstream fiction and nonfiction to the original Bear magazine as
             well as to the Mavety Corporation’s younger, blonder magazines (Uncut,
             Inches, Skinflicks, Just Men) and Brush Creek Media magazines such as the
             new Bear magazine, Powerplay, and Leatherman which acknowledged in
             issue two that its title was taken from the name of a fictional magazine in
             Some Dance to Remember. After my artificially inseminating their pages
             with my turkey-baster seed words, the magazines themselves began to use
             the terms as did the readers in writing their personals ads. The true test of
             a word becoming key is when the readers start writing it in their personals
             ads. It also appeared as the specifically mentioned main theme in books
             such as Some Dance to Remember (1990, new edition 2005); Corporal in
             Charge of Taking Care of Captain O’Malley (1978; 1984; republished for its
             specific gay-speak as the homomasculinist one-act drama in the Lammy
             winning Gay Roots, Winston Leyland, 1991); Titanic: Forbidden Stories
             Hollywood Forgot (1999); Chasing Danny Boy: Powerful Stories of Celtic
             Eros, with Neil Jordan (1999); and Tales from the Bear Cult: Bearotica for
             Your Inner Goldilocks (2001).

           ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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