Saturday, April 22, 2006

How Out, Brown Cow?

A letter to Out Magazine:

I received my first issue of your magazine today. Unfortunately, its arrival angered me. Not because of the content, but because of the irony in which it was delivered--in a white plastic wrapper.

How can a magazine whose namesake appears to celebrate our emancipation from shame and secrecy arrive on my doorstep in such a way? SHAME on you for perpetuating the scurrilous dogma that our lives need to be kept hidden from plain sight.

Please, please encourage your readers to embrace the spirit of your magazine and lose the white wrapper. We've (and you've) worked too hard to keep our pride and dignity hidden.


At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Uncut Boy said...

It's respectable that you voiced your comments since you feel betrayed by the magazine b/c it hides something that you are prouf of (and I suspect that something that you are proud of is the reason why you subscribed to the mazagine in the first place).
However there are many people who enjoy reading that magazine but don't want their family, roommates, fraternity brothers, neighbors etc to find out that they are gay. At least it's nice that those people put an effort to stay on top of gay events, news (or whatever else that magazine publishes) and subscribed to it. If that magazine would take the covers off and proudly display the content, many readers would cancel their subscriptions, you wouldn't want that to happen would ya?

At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that's just the point - the magazine is called "Out", not "In The Closet". If people define themselves as gay, there is absolutely no shame in that. By continuing to practice the idea that being gay is to be ashamed of, one only keeps us in the past. Thereis absolutely no reason that being gay should be seen as something to hide.

At 4:53 AM, Blogger MiKell said...

I have wondered the same thing every single month since last summer's issue arrived (the start of my subscription).

But, to be honest, what bothers me more is the stuff they call "content" between the covers.

I can see now why the 12 month subscription is so cheap. It's easily 1/2 advertisements and nothing of substance.

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Adam said...

Excellent. Spot on. That magazine is such a paradox.


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