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Two things:
1. Yup. Sing it! I've been recommending books for 17 years, to friends and family, & the near universal reply when I "branch out" beyond the exclusively het is "well, I really liked it, but not the butt parts." Which also explains why lesbian sex is more common in all genres, than gay sex... as long as the dykes are pretty, of course, and one of them still has to die.

Which leads to
2. The supposition you hint at, that lesbian sex is more acceptable to the mainstream (or kyriarchy), is correct, due to the power differential. A man accepting the "subservient" role (which, as you note, is at the heart of homophobic slurs) is perceived as actively giving up his male privilege/entitlement, which threatens our society on a very deep level. A woman already has less power, so there is less threat in female homosexuality. It's only when female homosexuality threatens male dominance that it becomes more actively targeted, usually represented by non-gender-normative appearance, i.e. "butch" girls are appropriating male entitlement so are less often represented in media than "femmes", and this dynamic reflects/is reflected in society.

(In either case, real or fictional, hetero-normative gender presentation can ease the way if one is white, and especially if one is male, but piling non-straight on top of non-white and non-male is a bitch and a half, I tell you.)

Sorry for the length. I'm enjoying your blog, by the way.

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks for the comment, Constance, and for framing the lesbian issue with such clarity!

Robert le Diable

I could look at that picture all day. In fact, I think I will. I just copied it to my computer.

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks, Robert -- enjoy!

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Gods final



A young boy wanders into the woods of Harlem and witnesses the abduction of his sister by a glowing creature. Forty years later, now working as a New York City homicide detective, Gus is assigned to a case in which he unexpectedly succumbs to a vision that Helen is still alive. To find her, he embarks on an uorthodox investigation that leads to an ancient civilization of gods and the people determined to bring them back.

In this colossal new novel from the author of The Metropolis Case, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice collides with a new religion founded by three corporate office workers, creating something beautiful, illogical, and overwhelming. Part sex manifesto, part religious text, part Manhattan noir—with a dose of deadly serious, internet inspired satire—#gods is a sprawling inquest into the nature of faith and resistance in the modern world. With each turn of the page, #gods will leave you increasingly reborn.

Praise for #gods

“#gods is a mystery, an excavation of myths, an index of modern life, a gay coming-of-age story, an office satire, a lyrical fever dream, a conspiracy. One of the most ambitious novels in recent memory—and a wild, possibly transformative addition to the canon of gay literature—it contains multitudes, and seethes with brilliance.” —Mark Doten, author of The Infernal

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“If the ancient gods were just like us, only more so, then the same could be said for this strange, wonderful book, in which the mundane sorrows and small triumphs of very ordinary lives glow ever so slightly around the edges, sometimes quite literally. At once an oddly romantic send-up of dead-end office culture and an offbeat supernatural procedural, #gods is terrifically weird, melancholy, sexy, and charming.” —Jacob Bacharach, author of The Bend of the World

The Metropolis Case

'It’s to the credit of Matthew Gallaway’s enchanting, often funny first novel that it doesn’t require a corresponding degree of obsession from readers, but may leave them similarly transported: the book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds.'

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