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The modern gay male: Consumer profile research- “A

The social butterfly

Issue: Lacking representation

A was the first gay man I interviewed for this series and I learned a lot about what it means to be a queer, social extrovert in the traditionally introverted, clean-cut environment that is finance. Outgoing and social, A has always known inside his intentions are to work in a face-to-face, people centric environment. In some respect, his degree of finance has opportunity in that way; working with clients on investment portfolios, building meaningful relationships and establishing a solid reputation coinciding with that theme. However, as revealed throughout the interview, representation has squandered that idea in the eyes of a young, gay finance major.

Somehow organically, A began with “I realized with what I wanted to get out of my life, maybe finance wasn’t for me.”

Right off the bat, we may be asking ‘Why is that? ‘ A revealed that he believes several reasons are attributable to his difficulties finding his place in the professional world of finance as a young gay man. “I always knew I wanted to go into finance, I have a math brain,” but acknowledging, “I didn’t really think of the lifestyle.” I wanted to understand the lifestyle portion, and he expanded upon the topic, stating as another point “I never realized as a gay man where we stand. I put myself lower than others. In classes I’m surrounded by straight white people, no one’s doing it to me, but it’s like I’m personally beating myself up, comparing myself to others. Kind of like women in the workplace.”

Clearly, there is a reason why someone would either consciously or subconsciously be inclined to be self- critical to the extent of doubting their path into the future. I asked A his thoughts on how representation directly impacted his experience both academically and personally, and he brought up the reality of suppression. “Employers are gonna go for, naturally, the straight people. I feel like I’m naturally put at a disadvantage because of my sexuality.”

This was interesting, because I was wondering what experience he had which created this perception. “Why do you think you have this preconceived notion that this is going to happen to you?” I asked. “I feel I have to put in extra effort to match everyone else,” being straight professionals, “people look at me like I’m immature, like I’m a crazy, wild gay person. I think professionals would look down on me because of how…gay I am.”

​Playing devil’s advocate, I argued, “There’s a difference between personality and sexuality. I think you’re confusing the two in terms of introspection.” A replied, “I know what you’re saying but I feel like when it comes to my personality a lot of this comes from me being gay, being flamboyant. It has its ties to promiscuity and theatrics, and I beat myself up. In a professional workplace sense, I just think the whole flamboyant gay thing is not a thing. Have you ever seen someone like me be a financial advisor?”

​I brought up the topic of being in the closet, “There might be people like that but they’re very repressed.” I further praised A for living his truth and reiterated there are and will be people hiding because they are intimidated by an unwelcoming, underrepresented sector.

​While on the topic of representation, I wanted to get his opinion on pop culture, media and the stereotypical identity of our community. “I think its entertainment,” I said. A then agreed, saying “People like to paint us out as dramatic and stereotypes are very strong. Our stereotypes are so very strong in media, you know, gay-best-friend” he replied.

​We then agreed on noticing some inclusive commercials starting to rise, but he believes “The gays on social media are vultures, easily offended and trying to not walk on eggshells. People are bending with that to fit in.”

​“I hear what you’re saying about commercials,” I said, “what kind of ads or brands would you want more representation in for our community?” This is when things got real.

“More in the finance sector. Business. Inspiration. I’m struggling because I don’t see myself in the finance industry and it’s not because I’m not good at finance but me as a person I don’t fit in…Even my finance internship.”

​We paused. “Everyone treated me amazing…People were so nice, I loved it. This could be just a ‘me’ thing, but I could sense everyone was stepping on eggshells around me, making sure I was well-fit-in and it made me feel weird. Didn’t want to make me feel different. Us gay people, we can see right through that. Previous interns? Straight white jocks.”

​“This says a lot,” I replied, asking “Do you think it has to do with the gay community being underrepresented in the finance world?” He agreed, “I definitely don’t think that’s out-of-pocket; I can’t wrap my head around me being in the finance industry. How do I act? Do I repress myself more?”

​I asked him, “Do you think the way you repress yourself now would continue into the future?” “I would change things up,” A said, “I wouldn’t repress myself as much.” “What about starting your own firm and defining what gay finance is?” I asked, “The less a community is represented, the less awareness.” “Well,” A said, “In part…Lack of representation doesn’t make me see myself in finance at all.”

We live in an extraordinary era in which there is no tradition on which we can base our identity, no frame of meaningful universe which might enable us to lead a life beyond hedonist reproduction. Today’s nihilism, the reign of cynical opportunism accompanied by permanent anxiety, legitimizes itself as the liberation from the old constraints: we are free to constantly reinvent our sexual identities, to change not only our job or our professional trajectory, but even our innermost subjective features like our sexual orientation. However, the scope of these freedoms is strictly prescribed by the coordinates of the existing system, and also by the way consumerist freedom effectively functions: the possibility to choose and consume imperceptibly turns into a superego obligation to choose. The nihilist dimension of this space of freedoms can only function in a permanently accelerated way, the moment it slows down, we become aware of the meaningless of the entire movement.
—  Slavoj Žižek, “Like a Thief in Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Human Capitalism” (2018).

Do political things ever get super stressful to anyone else? Recently, it feels like everyone just wants a piece of me or my mind to manipulate in whatever way that they wish. I know this has been going on from the moment that I was born, but it only suddenly just hit me.

I don’t want to be manipulated or guilted into thinking a certain way according to other people’s wants and desires. I just want agency over my own mind and body. Is that too much to ask?

And the people I’m referring to in this post are Democrats, Republicans, the beauty industry, the consumerism industry as a whole, and just about everyone else. It’s suffocating and I just want to be left alone. Can anyone else relate?

Hereby it is manifest, that during the time men live without a common Power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called Warre; and such a warre, as is of every man, against every man.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Restrict society’s resources, lift its controls, and watch our selfish instincts kick in. Total freedom and harmony aren’t compatible.

anonymous asked:

I LOOOOOVVVVVEEEEEE your account. I really appreciate how open you are with everything, particularly kinks. I’ve never had anyone I can talk to about any of that, and I’ve carried around guilt and confusion for years because of my kinkiness. It’s always embarrassed me and I never felt like I could explore it. But I want to thank you, like the other anon user earlier, for kind of letting me know I’m not alone.

I love you too, babe. <3

I’m… too old not to be open about certain stuff. At the same time I hope I’m not oversharing or spamming you guys with my life stories and “personal” posts…? ^^; This is not what this blog is about, I want it to be more of an archive, a “thirst blog” (because… let’s be honest) and a platform to share my art. 

I promise you I’m not as “kinky” as I seem to be, for instance I relate too much to Stellan who is not into bdsm and pain. XD And if by kinks you mean fantasies, why not, they’re your thoughts, aren’t they? Those kids don’t seem to have read “1984″, or they don’t seem to be aware that they’re living in it, contributing to it. The Big Brother is not just a reality show or “1984″’s main villain based on Hitler and Stalin. The Big Brother is us, keeping tabs on each other while willingly exposing ourselves, sharing every thought of ours out in the open while digging up “compromising tweets” and “dirty secrets of the past” just to shame people and drag them through the mud. 

Forget the KGB or the Big Brother, these days everyone is the Thought Police. And every time someone judges us for our fantasies, they accuse us of thoughtcrime. 

But the question is: will we let them?

I don’t remember if I ever had anyone to talk about kinks…? Because there was no tumblr back then, no social media. I do remember though that when I was 23, my friend in art school showed me the way to slash heaven through our shared Snape/Lucius headcanons… and it went downhill from there. She moved on, I didn’t, and it took me years to find other like-minded people to share headcanons with.

To this day I don’t have anyone in my immediate environment to talk about my headcanons, no. 

Well, guilt is a concept created by you-know-who. Yes, my ancestors believed in hubris, in “stay in your lane”, “don’t be too boastful”, “don’t be too quick to say you’re happy” but they didn’t believe in guilt, not when it came to sex. Our gods were incestuous af, gay af, polyamorous af. 

I was “embarrassed” too, no worries. At 13 I had a huge, HUUUUUGE crush on Freddie Mercury while my environment was showering me with homophobia (I mean, can’t a girl like a gay/bi dude? What??). And when I finished art school and had nowhere else to draw my Snape/Lucius fanart but inside my room… it was hell.

From a moment on, you block out all negativity and toxicity. You just block it, end of story.

And no, you’re not alone. The internet, for all its influx of information and abundance of social media, can make you feel totally alone (take twitter for instance, everyone is at each other’s  throat for no reason at all). 

Also the internet: it feeds on hate speech, isolation, call-out culture, outrage, witch hunting, demonizing, labeling. Do you know why social media do nothing about that? Why they don’t make their users “behave” and all they care about is human laws and copyright claims? 

Because they want us to feel alone. When you’re feeling alone and isolated, when you feel like nobody cares, that your life is worthless, that you’re “weird”, that everyone is out to get you for… shipping two Soviet *fictional* granddads, you need something to make you feel better about yourself, right?

And. You. Consume.

Make no mistake, this is all about buying more. All this confusion and isolation they force on us.

But this is what communities are for. You may not find friends everywhere, not even in the nicest fandom (sadly, the Valoris fandom had its fair share of queen bees, kinkshamers and drama queens). But if you learn to shield yourself from all the bs, maybe you will teach others to shield themselves too. 

It’s called herd immunity.


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“Coming out of our capitalist-driven comas is going to be hard, en masse. The corporate maneuvered world wants us to remain enslaved to planned obsolescence. Corporations, governments, and religions would have us continuing to externalize our source of power so that we never fully embrace our potential…Those who have profited off of this collective spiritual stagnation have imagined this dystopian world, but we with our ill-conceived notions of what’s truly possible have made it a proliferated, insidious reality…[T]he systems that have done harm are in place, and they are hard to move. Yet moving them, and changing them, is the only way to save the world.”

Devany Amber Wolfe

I am more and more convinced that the basic character of modernity (that is, what makes a modern age modern) is the program to make all members of a society into entities of pure production, functionaries in a state of ‘total work,’ where every aspect of human life is leveraged and motivated and celebrated toward practical ends and the common good. This has marked every modern economic system. That was the criticism of Communism; today it is the criticism of Capitalism. Today, there is no concept of leisure, of divine worship, of doing something for its own sake, save as a sort of recreation, a necessary 'respite’ which, of course, makes us better workers. Thus even our leisure is in the service of labor, tactfully granted to make us more productive. Meanwhile, individuals frequently have fewer economic liberties, that is, what they offer to their employer is primarily the ability to work. They do not own land to produce goods themselves; they do not have skills that are useful outside the factory, the office, the warehouse. Their only bargaining power is their ability to fill the role of a functionary in a total work system. Wondrously, no one perceives this as a form of slavery (though the ancients would…our concept of employment is practically their definition of slavery). Just the opposite, usually when we talk about freedom, we mean freedom to work. We find owning an office desk empowering; we translate a large paycheck with 'making a difference’; working 17 hours a day is self-actualizing and celebrated; there is virtually nothing we are unwilling to sacrifice in order to be owned by an employer.

Nowhere is this more apparent to me than in the 'reproductive rights’ issue. Here, fatherhood and motherhood are systematically forsaken, and for what? A recurring answer is career and financial prosperity. And this is couched in such lustrous and noble pursuits as the common good, personal fulfillment, etc. We are willing to become anything to be entities or pure production, even sterile. Yet forsaking our ability to be parents is, I think, perhaps the last real act of production that does not fall within the modern system of total work, that is, it is the last thing we can offer society which isn’t simply our ability to work. This makes childbearing and childrearing among the final touchstones to personal liberty. And thus the demand for abortion rights is the height of modern serfdom, for it is equivalent to the demand that we devote our lives to the needs of an (indifferent) employer. Once children are removed, that devotion becomes total.
—  Blake Adams

These old money corporations are starting to sweat. Notice how more and more are getting more involved with social media and YouTube. Because the Boomers/Gen X are starting to age out of the system and their left with millennials and Gen Z. To either not want work for them or be a consumer. Who either isn’t interested , competent or aware. Now their lack of earlier investments to these demographics is quickly coming back on them.

Moving boxes

Small boxes basked on the Kitchen island 

Unused items surfed the bubbly sea 

Dunes of cardboard and plastic containers 

(Environmentally friendly of course) 

Piled up high in the dying living room

They never imagined that they would have 

All this practical, useful, helpful stuff 

Three kettles: a backup and its backup

Although there was not a tea bag in sight 

Perhaps they were hiding, probably shy 

Everyday new guests arrived at the gate

Later, their bags too arrived in boxes

Overwhelming and intense, it’s easy 

to see why the tea bags wanted to hide  

Soon the place was overbooked and crowded 

The proprieter wants to own their place

The unopened kitchen appliances,

Un-put-together cabinets and desks,

Gaming consoles that cough up dusty disks,

And the old, new clothes received a letter:

Eviction notice (large) - notice to quit 

You are hereby notified to vacate 

The home you occupied within now of 

The receipt of this notice, given due 

To occupants being too full-filling