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Gay Army, a Swedish reality show about gay men going through military basic training. I think. Really, the whole thing is quite peculiar.
I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. Given that most of the men could, charitably, be described as "prissy queens" it doesn't really strike me as a very positive presentation of gay men. From the photos and clips on the site I'm tempted to conclude that this is more along the lines of "gay men as clowns" type of entertainment.
I can take some comfort in the fact that once the inevitable US edition airs, it'll be far, far worse.
Speaking of media representations of gay men, were I in possession of a graduate degree, I'd be sorely tempted to write a paper about how the latest trends in gay porn are streaming video, "amateur straight men" having gay sex for the first time*, and the intersection of the two. I find it interesting that gay men, who have largely had a (deserved) reputation for sexual openness, are becoming more private in their enjoyment of pornography. It's gone from the theater, to the adult book store, to the adult video store, to your home computer. It may not mean much, because heterosexual porn has largely followed the same path. But what I do find interesting is that the images that gay men are increasingly eroticizing are the "average guy" look of amateur porn, with the masculine caveat that "he's really straight."
*Given that many of the men appear in videos for four or five different companies under a variety of aliases, I seriously doubt not only their amateur status, but their professed heterosexuality as well.
In other news, I'm gainfully employed. I now work for one of the largest distributors of specialty market merchandise in the country. It's an office job, with a M-F, 9-5 schedule, but after five years in comics retail its a wonderful thing to have a regular, set schedule. Not to mention vacation days and benefits.