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Not Just a Preference: A 1 dimensional article in FAB Magazine about sexual racism

At the very onset I think I should give the link to the said article so that you can have a very clear idea what I am talking about.

http://www.fabmagazine.com/story/not-just-a-preference

To my friends (not online friends), who I should mention are all straights and white, I have tons of time  said that I am sexually racist, for the lack of a better term. When I was new Canada, and they didn’t know I was gay, I have been hit on by these same people a lot, and mostly because I am brown. I have seen them going head over heals and making an absolute fool of themselves in front of black guys. They just LOVE coloured guys. Its their preference. Same way, I like whites. Being brown myself, I personally don’t have any fascination for brown men.

I don’t see anything wrong in having a preference or liking. It goes both ways. I have met guys who strictly specify they are into guys over 250lbs. In their words “bigger the better”. In the same way there are guys who want toned to muscular guys and some like lean, thin, slim guys. So no there is nothing wrong in it.

But the problem comes how you put it across. It again comes down to positive and negative choice of words.

I can write: I am into white men

OR

I can write: I am not into black men.

The latter is rude, negative and unnecessary. I personally put neither. People have been dating online long enough to recognize signals. If someone messages me, “You are hot.” and I am not really interested in him, a “Thanks bud” is enough. The person should know that its going to go nowhere and they do.

The part I had real problem with in the FAB Magazine article, I will quote here.

 It just isn’t intelligible to look at someone and say, ‘I want to reach orgasm by being fucked, but only fucked by a person of this ethnicity or race.’ The connection just doesn’t make sense. What is it about certain ethnicities or races that make it so you just can’t get off or find them sexually attractive? And how fucked up is that?” ML Sugie

I can elaborate on this. Me not being attracted sexually to black men is for 2 very simple reasons. I prefer thin lips to kiss and not very curly hair. And mostly every black man has them.

We generally tend to tabulate our preferences and likes when it comes to NSA hook-ups. For if we are choosing someone for a nights fun, I would try to find someone I like, someone who would ignite the desire and passion.

When I fell in love, he was everything I never wanted in my boy-friend. But when it is love, it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters. I had told him quite a few times that if someone had told me that I would be falling in love with a guy like him, I would not have believed. After we broke up, I went back into the hook- up world with the same preferences I had before.

GRINDR, SQUIRT, MANHUNT are not dating sites, they are hook-up sites. When I am meeting someone on any one of these sites for the sole purpose of having fun, I don’t care if he is a Nobel Laureate or a grade 5 drop out, lives in a bunglow or a shelter, as long as they ignite my desire to have fun with them.

“Changing negative descriptions into positive descriptions doesn’t change the fact that they are still requirements based on things like race, looks or gender expression,” counters Sugie. “It merely flips the statement from ‘What I don’t want’ to ‘What I require.’ It doesn’t change the content of the message, only the wording. Why is it so important that someone find a slim, masculine, hairy, buff man? Do you have some sort of vintage sling with a really low weight limit? A grand piano you’d like him to help you move after you fuck? What exactly are you going to do that requires such a specific, acrobatic person — and can I watch?”

It looks like, Mr Sugie is either very bitter for some reason about the entire hook-up thing or he just doesn’t get it. It is important that I find a slim, masculine guy because otherwise when we are in bed, I will have to resort to VIAGRA or else I will not be able to fuck. How hard is this simple fact to understand? Its about hooking up and having fun, not some charity function where you render service to whoever wants it. If he can sleep and have same amount of fun with every Tom who has a Dick in a Hurry, good for him.

Faris says, if someone asks him if he is masculine, his response is, “What do you mean by that?” Are you kidding me? Although if I get that response, I have already got my answer. Because someone who is not, would get that defensive.

Miller has an interesting proposal for driving home the point that putdowns in the form of come-ons are not welcome in our culture.

I agree.

“I want to organize a sexual boycott. Maybe if people stop getting laid they’ll realize what they’re doing is prejudiced. I don’t know why some guys only want to fuck Hitler’s Youth. I think it’s ugly, and I don’t want to reward that. Tell them that because of what they say, they’re not getting laid tonight.”

Wow…and with that one statement he just proved he is no different. Consciously or unconsciously we all choose. He thinks someone who dresses up as Hitlers youth as ugly. And I find those guys really really hot. So everyone has preferences, choices and while he wrote that, someone who dresses up that way, reading it, just got hurt.

Don’t blame only gays, straights have the same kind of preferences. They don’t go around sleeping with anyone who wants to sleep with them. They pick and choose too and so do we.

I am pretty ugly myself, not Gods best creation. So I get my own share of rejections. I am ok with it. Everyone should have their likes, dislikes and preferences, and so do I.

Don’t criticize someone for having a type, criticize them for what they type.

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This Apple is not for this Adam

My moon sign being Libra, it’s not always easy for me to make up my mind. The mental scale tips back and forth forever before it comes to a balanced decision.

I was going through this usual process while trying to decide, when I upgrade my HTC phone, which one to get. The choice was obviously between iphone and Blackberry.

Blackberry is more sophisticated and business whereas iphone is more hip and funky. So needless to say my scale was tipping towards iphone.

And all of a sudden the decision making became so easy.

Apple approved an anti-gay app from Exodus International, which is an organisation which believes and preaches that homosexuality is reversible and can be cured through therapy.

I won’t ask why Apple did this? Why it didn’t think there was anything wrong with this app. Why it didn’t strike their brilliant mega minds that iphone being mostly a younger generation’s gadget, would play havoc in the minds of young gay or questioning youths or it might turn into a contributing factor to youth/teenage suicide among the LGBT community?

Coz if I ask, I will have to listen to their answers and they would be just a bunch of well rehearsed, politically correct bull shit. I can almost hear one of their justification already before they have even published it. ” We cater to the LGBT population and have Grindr. So its only fair we have a balance and cater to others too.” I will spare myself from that ordeal.

So instead, I will just go with Blackberry. And my list of boycotting companies are growing.

Walmart is on the top. I stopped shopping there when I first heard that Walmart is selling a book in the Kids section which talks about how being gay is a medical condition and can be cured.

And now http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/03/walmart-the-g-word-and-internet-activism/ this.

So thank you Apple, for making my life a little bit easier in the decision making part. Because this apple is rotten for sure.

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Update:

Apple has taken the App down and its no longer available to consumers after a petition by Truth Wins Out was signed by over 146000 people.

Thank you Change.org  for creating the platform and to Truth Wins Out for taking the initiative.

But the point is, why did we have to sign a petition, two organizations had to go to this length to get the app out of the store? It means Apple doesn’t think there was anything wrong with the App, but removed it under pressure.

So are they really pro LGBT or are does their balance tilt whichever way the business is?

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