I bought a Fun Popular Book based on a Hipster Blog. Well actually my friend bought it, but she justified the expense of a hardcover by saying she would lend it to me. I decided to read a little bit of it as a break from editing text about kill curves (not as fun as they sound).
Hipster Blogger writes about how she thinks her new male friend is gay until he kisses her “And then he … was very concerned to learn that I equated gay people with vests…(Years later, gay friends would point out that that sentence alone proves just how little I knew about gay men at the time, and that I had obviously confused ‘acid-washed vests’ with ‘assless chaps’…Then we all laugh[ed] and order[ed] another round and toast[ed] to how great it is to have fun, gay male friends. Hint: It’s awesome. Go find some right now. Gay people are just like you and me, except better.”
Um, hi, Hipster Blogger. If by “you” you mean “me”, I AM gay. Or, rather, I am bi. And I’m putting down the book and stepping away. You might think you’re being cute and funny, but it’s really just alienating and homophobic.
That’ll teach me to read when I’m supposed to be working. What books have pissed you off lately?
*Don’t even bother with the less/fewer argument. “Less” sounds better, it’s ninety degrees in my house, my dog is impersonating a dead thing, and I still have two hours before I can justify an ice-cold beer.