Last week I asked for questions for Grey Areas and this was in my inbox before the e-ink was dry on my e-request.
I‘m young, gay, sassy, and just starting to play the dating game. How do I get buttloads of men to swoon over me, or at least get the buttloads of men swooning over me to date/make love to me?
If I knew the answer to this question, do you think I’d have time to blog? Do you think I’d have time to get on the Internet to complain about my feelings? No. I would be too busy working my way down a Slip N’ Slide made of hot dudes and getting myself a reputation. Alas, I am the world’s foremost dating coward. I look at personals for about 15 minutes before I lose all hope for love and lie on the couch — or rather half-on/half-off the couch — in utter despair.
But here are some general rules about sex and dating I had to figure out for myself and am now giving to you, in hopes you will benefit from them.
First Rule: Don’t be anything like me. Be brave. Pursue men you think you won’t get because sometimes you will. Even a broken clock bangs a hottie every now and then. Know what I mean, stud?
Second Rule: Condoms. Every single fucking time.
Third Rule: Learn to maintain eye contact without looking away. When he sees you looking at him, smile. The face he makes will usually let you know if he’s interested. This was very, very hard for me to do and I sometimes catch myself avoiding eye contact with strangers and retreating into my shell. Barring that, you could get on the Internet and find a site where gay men search for sex with one another, if such a place can be found. Finding the men is going to be easier than you think, it is the selection, retrieval, disposal, and maintenance of the men that is the hard work.
Fourth Rule: Be honest with yourself and others. Don’t let anyone treat you like shit or disrespect your body.
Fifth Rule: Don’t worry if you don’t marry the first dude you fall truly and deeply for because no one ever does.
Sixth Rule: Read lots of dull, boring, non-sexy information about how two gay males have sex. While it is fairly straightforward mechanically, there are nuances to the experience that don’t exactly translate to film.
Seventh Rule: Learn to communicate your own desires and needs. If something hurts in a bad, unsexy way, say so and demand that it change.
Eighth and Final Rule: When you are asking a question about gay sex, please do not measure groups of men in “buttloads.”
My brother recently came out to my family. He’s gay. I am over the moon for him – not having to keep that secret from my parents has totally changed him. Recently he asked me for some book recommendations about living as a gay cis-gendered man. All of the books I’ve read that could possibly be related are more in the realm of academic queer theory, which he doesn’t seem interested in just yet. Would you know where I could point him? I want to be as supportive as I can, but I’m not sure where to start.
Hello, ally sibling and recently-out gay brother. Most of what I learned about being a gay man has come from other gay men. I suspect your brother’s experience will be similar, but he should definitely get a thorough guide to the basics. Unfortunately, I haven’t done any more than skim through those sorts of books and would hate to recommend one just because it was highly-ranked in a search result. However, the Beatdown is usually very good about offering advice and I just know one of our valued readers will recommend a book that will make your brother’s emergence from the closet as fun and easy as possible.
Do any of you have the perfect book in mind? You know what to do.
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