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             titled “Male Rape” with the kind of aggressively provocative and shock-
             ing sentence that puts real phobia into homophobia: gays no longer take
             abuse, and they rape and recruit. The challenging fantasy sentence that
             drove Davis wild is “I enjoy inflicting homosexuality on them.” (Drummer
             12) Consider also the “Rape” drawing by Rex (Drummer 12, page 8); cops
             who know prisons fear this rape taboo because straight guys in their vanity
             often fantasize and flatter themselves that they are irresistible to gay men,
             especially the scary new-breed of masculine leather bikers straddling Harley
             hogs, who desire them and will attack them sexually.

             10. FISTING

             Fisting was considered illegal in LA; Halsted’s fist-suggestive cover pho-
             tograph of butts, hankies, and rough sex was from his fisting film, Sextool
             (Drummer 2); the lead feature article, “FF of A,” coopted the wholesome
             “Future  Farmers  of  America”  initials  into  the  decadent  “Fist  Fuckers  of
             America” (Drummer 3).

             PERSONAL ADS

             “Leather Fraternity” personals profiled the emerging identity of the new
             homosexual not as a sissy but as a masculine man resisting bullies and thus
             threatening straight masculinity; by my sweeping survey inside the texts
             of the 214 issues of Drummer, the keyword most used from the first issue
             of Drummer to the last is masculine (including masculinity). Drummer 12
             (January 1977), pages 70 and 73, trumpeted the Eagle bar in Boston with
             the tag line If You’re Man Enough. That slogan in Boston had appeared much
             earlier in San Francisco as written by artist/dancer/junkie Chuck Arnett,
             founder of the Tool Box, in his poster for the Red Star Saloon at the Barracks
             bath on Folsom Street. That classic Red Star poster was printed several times
             in Drummer with Arnett spelling you’re as your. In that same Drummer 12,
             page 74, the legendary One Way bar in LA advertised itself simply as “A
             Man’s Bar.”
                As soon as Anthony DeBlase bought Drummer, his second editorial
             confirmed this explicit homomasculinity in Drummer 99 (page 5) when he

                What kind of man reads Drummer? Leathermen is one obvious
                answer...but it does not go far enough...Not everyone is into leather.

               ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 03-14-2017
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