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The New Millennial Gay Experience

Being gay in our emerging new world


Josh Hutcherson - "Straight Talker"

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM

The cover story in the November edition of "Out" is about "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson (online version here). Hutcherson is now 21, and his attitudes about sexuality represent what many are calling the new normal for young "straight" guys. I put "straight" in quotes only because he refers to himself as "mostly straight." He is clearly a typical straight guy, but uses "mostly" because "Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight. But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person.”


Reflecting what certainly will be the prevalent straight attitude in a very short time, he also says this: “Sometimes it’s frustrating to comprehend how people are not OK with it. If you can try to tell me how it’s hurting you, you’re crazy. You’re absolutely crazy. Like, what do you mean it’s not natural? Even if—even if, which, I disagree, but even if—why the fuck do you care?”

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Reply The_Fixer
4:52 AM on November 4, 2013 
The coming years are going to be very interesting. We're going to finally acknowledge what younger people already know - that sexual orientation is not a cut-and-dried thing and because of that, a person cannot be judged for it. Also, that "gender norms" are not definitive of all people, and our attitudes about what is "normal" for guys (and for women) must change.

It's my opinion that traditional gender norms have been forced. I don't think that people have suddenly changed, rather, that people are becoming more free to be what they naturally are. Look at the "Bronies" - the guys who are captivated by the "My Little Pony" cartoons. Surely a large percentage of them have to be straight guys who fit other gender norms, and they like not only the cartoons and comics, but the camaraderie that comes from knowing that there is someone like them who has fun with what a lot of people regard as being "un-masculine". Even 15 years ago, a guy who was into such a thing would have been known to be "positively gay" (regardless of whether he really was).

The times, they are a-changin', and for the better.