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2010-06-20 05:30 pm (UTC)
OKAY I'M BACK.
That femininity has been progressively devalued in western philosophy and society is not a particularly new idea, but it is depressing that it seems to have become increasingly ingrained over the years
This is spot on, and there's been an especially strong cultural tendency in the US to push for easy-to-classify, non-ambiguous identity which dates back to the post-hippie Reagan era and it got more intense with Dubya. Overall, I'd like to think that social evolution is somewhat linear on the greater historical scale, but in actuality it's a pendulum going back and forth between progress and backlash. Adam is at the very front of the new push forward, and he manages to do so while being a MAINSTREAM artist, which is amazing! I can't even begin to tell you how happy this makes me, even though much of the media still tries to portray him as the "freaky" counterculture element as opposed to a contemporary mainstream representative - but the fans know. This is why I love that so much of his audience are middle-aged women, as opposed to tattooed and pierced 20-somethings.
It also makes me happy that Adam's "feminine" behaviors are individual stylistic choices and performances (makeup, fashion, dancing) but it is perfectly clear that he's not trying to "pass" for a woman, nor is he the American stereotype of what a gay man should be like. He mixes what is coded as masculine/feminine behaviors just by being himself, and that ambiguity is more difficult for a typical closed-minded US viewer to accept than if Adam could just fit into a recognizable category. I HEART HIM SO MUCH OMG. <3
(the answer to every question is Shahrukh Khan really)
So now I'm curious: how are gay men culturally coded in Indian society?
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