Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: At the Movies... (300)

Date: 28 Oct 2007

Actually, the late Alan Dundes, a noted UC Berkeley folklorist, made the connection in the 1980s in an academic paperwhich somehow got noticed in TIME, etc. and was there ever a row after that...

Best, MEH

> I also have to agree about the homoerotics of football. One of the
> funniest bits I have ever run across on the Internet is this
> observation by Noah Diamond:
> "Football and homosexuality - just something I like to point out. I
> have no problem with football, and I have no problem with
> homosexuality - I just have a problem with the fact that the obvious
> link between these two things is so rarely advertised. Football wears
> the cultural mantle of the ultimate heterosexual machismo trip -
> something straight guys love, and something many straight guys feel
> only a gay guy would dislike. But that's a lie. What football actually
> represents, I think, is the acceptably mainstream expression of the
> heterosexual male's closeted obsession with homoeroticism. Say it with
> me. There is nothing gayer than football. You'll never see a ballet,
> for example, more homoerotic than a football game. Never! Go to a
> ballet, and men are dancing with women; go to a football game, and men
> are patting each other on the ass. Which is the least of it. Fuck,
> I'll bet most gay porn isn't as homoerotic as a football game - that
> testosterone-dripping event in which a bunch of big, strong guys line
> up, bend over, jump all over each other, and then go take a shower
> together."
> Best regards,
> Mark Harris

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