Sunday, December 11, 2005



The media seem to be getting into a right state about Brokeback Mountain, the agonised and tender story of two cowboys and their (shock) gay relationship over the years. The fact that pretty Jake Gyllenhaal and also pretty Heath Ledger play the two leads has only added to the buzz. There is a very homoerotic aspect to Western movies - women are often peripheral to the story, hyper-masculinity is to the fore and there's the boyishness of "cowboys and indians" adventure, along with its S/M undertones. The Malboro Man represents a gay ideal, if not the gay ideal.

Real life, unfortunately is rarely like the movies. But there is such a thing as a gay cowboy web ring where you can browse the pages of actual real life gay cowboys. Most of these sites are unbelievably cute, with butch backgrounds, manly fonts and little moving images suggesting "wilderness" like flickering candles. Many of these sites also have music that starts up when you access them. All my favourite things about the web in other words.

There's Canadian Ray (Now In Texas) who admits to not being a real out-on-the-range cowboy, but he does know how to do a mean 2-step (and I assume that isn't ballroom dancing lingo). At Rainbow River Ranch, we have another cowboy who is a Man with No Name (just like Clint Eastwood in most of his movies). He gives a lot of information about his horse, who is 15.0 hands apparently. There's also some cowboy soft porn along with the motto "Second place is the first loser." If these don't grab you, then you can try Texas Male which is a gay cowboy dating site. My favourite site is Western Mavericks which is a group for "men who choose not to live in the mainstream gay lifestyle" (I think that means they reject the Coming of the Madonna and think Kylie is a False Prophetess). There's lot of photos of men in check shirts and baseball caps in the wilderness looking slightly embarrassed (real men don't pose for photos). If I throw away my Will & Grace DVDs, do you think they'd let me become a member?

5 comments:

kleverkloggs said...

Shame, I so don't do facial hair. I'm too old for beard burn.

matty said...

My pal, Milford, was able to score tix to Bareback Mtn for tomorrow night! so, we shall be getting in line with all the other boys to see what all the fuss is about! Can't wait!

cowboy sex and facial hair is most hot!

matty said...

Lubin -- I didn't like Bareback Mtn. I wanted to like it. It was exceptionally well done and well acted. But as my fellow gay audience members watched and weeped I just stared at the screen and muttering "Losers" in my head over and over again.

I don't respond well to repression. I know that was the point, but come on!

And the sex wasn't even hot. It was filled with rage and desperation ---- caused by, yes, repression.

Sarah Silverman's Jesus Is Magic was much more fun and gay to me!

Lubin said...

Shame about Bareback mountain - I had been looking forward to it as well. Maybe it's one of those films that straight people will think is awfully sensitive...

matty said...

Lubin -- I just have "issues" around watching any form of repression. It is a flawless film in many ways. I seem to be the only one I know who isn't swooning over it! See it --- you might love it.