There seems to be an epidemic of anxious masculinity affecting this country. Men who are unsure if the come across as masculine enough, who make misogynistic and homophobic remarks out of fear that they will be perceived as in some way effeminate. A prime example is Tucker Carlson boasting about gay bashing after persistent questioning of his sexual orientation. The frequency of off the cuff homophobic and transphobic remarks brought on by this insecurity has just gotten annoying and boring. It got frequent enough that I tuned off what had been my favorite morning radio station, KROQ, here in Los Angeles. I wasn’t mad, just annoyed by the boring predictability of it. These men are not bigots like ‘prono’ Pete LaBarbara, just insecure and afraid of being accused of failing to live up to the idiotic masculine ideal so beloved of the right wing in this country.
This morning on the radio station I switched to, Indy103, the same gay baiting ‘humor surfaced. At least it was from guests rather then the regular DJ’s but still there was same boring tone. I am so tired of this; I want a Queer Nation now!