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             of the locker and onto the field. Suddenly, the alternative to nelly stands
             on its own two Adidas.
                It’s okay to be macho.

             Movies stylized the gay subculture (and vice versa if you’ve ever been blown
             in Hollywood): from the mad-queen stereotype of a Bette Davis, who is
             her own best cliche, to the grooming of movie males on an increasingly
             macho scale — from the effete Valentino to the insipid Leslie Howard to
             the tough gangster-cowboy actors to the Ivy-League grooming of Troy/
             Tab/Rock to the womanless romantic coupling of Newman and Redford,
             Voight and Hoffman, and Reynolds and Kristofferson. Movies have long
             taught gay men their attitudes. Movies came out of the hetero-marital
             closet at the closing line of Women in Love when wrestler Bates’ wife asks,
             “Aren’t I enough for you?” His answer prepared the way for Butch and
             Sundance. “No,” he answers. And the movie ends.
                Semi-Tough’s Kristofferson says, “I figure the first year and a half of
             marriage is lust. After that, you just settle into a basic friendship.” The
             boys, like Brando in Streetcar, go back to bowling with the boys. Movies
             of the 1970s have taught America a new attitude toward male relation-
             ships, just like Hollywood musicals, dead as New York, New York, taught
             a whole generation of males how to be queens. Currently, thanks to Stal-
             lone, Hollywood’s second biggest trip is the Jock Movie. (The first is the
             horror-science-fiction movie.) And it is the Jock Movie that is teaching gay
             men the unqueenly other end of the masculinity spectrum: semi-tough
                Women might not like macho men. But men like macho men.
             Women often dislike very muscular men. So these hetero women make
             choices different from the gay preference. For instance, go to a straight
             gym. You’ll see straight men, married and single, who are out-and-out
             Straight Queens: mincing, prancing, camping in nelly voices; but, aha!
             Their sexual preference is women with whom they watch football, go
             four-wheeling, and skiing.
                Then hit a gay gym. Sure, you’ll see some Muscle Queens pumping
             pecs they deep down wish were tits; but you’ll also see the heavy Mus-
             cle-Buddy trip. These guys look like stereotype straights: strong, silent,
             practiced movements, “spotting” each other on their heavy sets, into rag
             sweatshirts they work to get really soaked, eyes only for each other’s cor-
             rect athletic form. Yet their sexual preference is each other.
                How will Anita Bryant who reads people by stereotypes, ever figure
             out who’s doing what with whom? With the uncloseting of sports has

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