While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
I like France. But listening to Marseille-born Cherie's soulless self-titled record has put me in the mood to start renaming certain combo items. This chanteuse's much-hyped debut starts out with a Foreigner sample for chrissakes, and goes quickly downhill from there. Cherie, my darling, can I talk to you, s'il vous plaît? America already has a Faith Hill, thank you, and we like her more than you. Just because you're hot and 19 and French and can (almost) sing doesn't mean we won't see through your thinly veiled attempts to be a radio programmer's wet dream. You cannot be R&B, Top 40, and country all at once. You must choose one area in which to suck, and then stick with that. This is the great American tradition that was worked so well for Shania Twain and Celine Dion. Merci.