Sunday, March 21, 2010

50 Cent has "Gay Face"

So, although I suppose there is some scientific verification for identifying gay men by their face besides the ever-present Lance Bass (who sometimes looks like a lesbian)

Lance Bass Pictures, Images and Photos

and I myself have considered, in an off-handed kind of way, that "gay face" is evident in some sort of ratio between chin and cheekbones, I think I know now why there has always been something "off" about 50 cent for me--his gay face.

I noticed it most recently in his video "Have a Baby By Me, Be a Millionaire." I don't know if it's his long eye-lashes, the recent Price-era facial hair he dons in the video, his utter lack of chemistry with Kelly Rowland (ostensibly his real life girlfriend, although who knows some people can't act), his lack of delivery on his tracks about his sexual prowess, or the rumors of his attendance of certain New York gay-sex parties but he seems to me to be a fitting example of "gay face." The video itself has a strange disconnect between 50 Cent's self imagining as a great lover/father/romancer and the chorus which discloses massive payment for producing proof of his viable heteronormativity to the lady in question.

That said, searches for the biological bases of homosexuality and it's identifiable traits scare the fuck out of me ("Biological, Don't Bother," as Shaquille O'Neil once rhymed).

Friday, March 5, 2010

Free Education Movement

After seeing former Weather Underground member Mark Rudd read from his new book, and discuss a rather hilarious attempt by him to "breach" his heteronormativity by, in his words, "fondling JJ's penis amidst a threesome," friends and I reflected on the meaning of student occupation of University property (Rudd had occupied the University President's office in his early days of activism) which brought us to the Free Education movement going on currently in California, and perhaps nationally.

Rudd kept discussing how the problem with the Weathermen was that they elevated a tactic to the level of a strategy, that tactic being militancy. H asked a question to the effect of "are there contexts where elevating a tactic to the level of strategy would actually function, as in the Free Education Movement, where these activists are arguing 'occupy everything, demand nothing'?" Rudd proffered an answer that was rather unsatisfactory, and I don't even remember what it was. One thing of note which was not very surprising but Rudd consistently spoke to the necessity of non-violence, because to use violence was to necessarily "do the work of the right for them."

Whatever one might want to take away from these observations, here is a manifesto-esque video from the free education demonstrations: