Thursday, 29 March 2018

PANSY!



MODEL IN TOP IMAGES ARE FROM THE PANSY INSTAGRAM PAGE. MORE OF HIM CAN BE SEEN HERE.



Although it's a less used word these days I've often thought of the phrase Pansy
as being a watered down interpretation of queer or gay. I think it was a less inoffensive
derogatory term used by  unenlightened parents from the past, perhaps disgruntled
with their offspring. I don't think it was until the 1990's that radical gay activist
groups adopted the once taboo phrase Queer, making it become de riguer.
It meant what it said. It was in your face terminology unlike Pansy or shirtlifter.

That's not to say that the watering down of the word gay has ceased. In fact we
have The London Gay Film Festival currently running at The London Southbank.
A  few years ago they dropped the word gay and they now call it The Flare Film Festival

Rediculous I know.
And for years I thought that our Gay Times Magazine had all but vanished from
the top shelf of my local newsagents. In fact it never disappeared at all. They just
rebranded it calling it simply GT. I kept thinking it was a car magazine.

And so here we have a rather colorful gender challenging online magazine that goes
by the name of Pansy. And it describes itself as an online menswear magazine that aims

to redefine the modern man, blurring the rigid categories of masculine and feminine
as well as creating a space for free and unaffected creative expression.

LOTS MORE CAN BE SEEN AT PANSY MAGAZINE
  

ABOVE:    1. JUNGSIK KIM      2. NICOLAS LORENZON      3. CLARENS NONCENT     4. RAUL AMADOR

ABOVE:  LEO HOYTE EGAN


BELOW:  THE BEAUTIFUL ISAIAH B.
BELOW: THE AMAZING LEX STOKER WHO SADLY GETS HIS HAIR
SHAVED OFF FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS EDITORIAL

BELOW:  1.   MODEL  STEVE     2. JAY W.    3.  LOEJJIE ESTACIO     4.  JORDAN BARRETT

BELOW:  1.  CLARENS NONCENT.   2. SHAMONTE CRAWFORD     3. ROBBIE PETERSON 


4 comments:

  1. From my younger years, it is not a word I like, so perhaps it is not a bad idea to embrace the word for ourselves.

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  2. Andrew, It seems that all the available descriptions for gay each has a different kind of severity.
    Often ballet boys might get called pansy even though some are straight.

    And to think that the word gay used to mean happy.

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  3. I am always happy to hear the word gay in both contexts, and it is the context that defines the word. So eff orf to the people who say gay people have stolen the nice old word.

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    1. Andrew, I suppose that due to the theft of the word I often think I might sound mischievous if I ever utter that old phrase "We had a gay ol' time.' One might even be treated with suspicion to say such a thing.
      Of course our Grandparents and Aunts had no problems with such a word. They lived in a world when things were bright and gay!

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