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January 31, 2004


Joe Perez

Tolman's observation seems to apply not only to society at large, but to the gay community especially. GLBTQ newspapers and magazines are some of the most sex-image saturated around. Everywhere you look, you can see sexually provocative images of youthful, bare-chested models. Even in the sections of newspapers devoted to "hard news," the advertising messages use sex to sell everything from insurance to window coverings.

Tolman's point that "when things are repressed, they come out again and again" suggests that the saturation of images in gay media may be a symptom of repressed sexuality. It's as if we're so eager to affirm that it's okay to be who we are, we wind up focusing an excess amount of energy and attention on sexuality. I think there's a ring of truth to this.

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