June 22, 2004

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Ted Allen et al.


(June 22, 2004)

I'm interested in the craft of self-help books -- specifically, in finding ways of laying down the law without being a pompous jerk about it.

The Republican Party, it seems, believes that antipathy to gay men is an important wedge issue for the election, the Willy Horton of the 2004 campaign. This tie-in to the (very commercial) television series, on the other hand, starts from the premise that men will consider young gay guys, at a safe distance, to be likable and unthreatening. After all, they aren't trying to get your girl, dude. The advice here is pretty pedestrian, but the production is polished and the overall effect is amiable.