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Has GQ gone Gay?

post #1 of 41
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Jeez.. I just bought the new GQ, and I really think it has become a magazine for gay men. I thought Details was bad enough, but I had my suspicions about GQ after the Justin Timberlake issue (why on earth would any straight man give a damn about that guy-- if they even knew who he was.), but this issue sealed the deal for me. Almost every ad or story features a man/ scantily clad man. ugh.. what happened to this magazine? I won't even mention that there isn't a single article I find remotely interesting, save Glen O'Brian's sartorial Q&A. I know it isn't meant to be Maxim, but you won't find any scantily clad gorgeous women in the 370 pages of this issue. Having also just bought the new Vitals magazine, I wish it came out more often (next issue March 2005). I'll be the first to admit this is a magazine for the style-concerned, "metro" crowd-- but I'm interested in reading almost every article, there are items featured that I would actually buy/ would buy if I had the $$ to do so, etc. I guess a quarter-page description of the newly available for retail purchase Oxxford Clothes hangers might not be interesting to all americans, but I thought it was right up my alley. What happened to GQ?
post #2 of 41
I once heard GQ used to be referred to as "Gay Quarterly" for their really, well, gay fashion spreads. Look through 'GQ regrets' and see what I'm talking about. I imagine they go through phases based on reader feedback and demographic research or something, because it has lost my interest as well in the last couple years. They started trying to be Maxim for a while (which was fine by me, to a point) but lost any useful info, and now maybe they are swinging back the other way (so to speak). Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you, but I agree, they have really gone downhill lately. Then again, I remember reading through a Men's Health or Men's fitness or Men's Journal or whatever at a doctors' office a while back and noticing that there was not a single woman pictured in the entire magazine, but lots of pictures of shirtless men cavorting about together. "Hmm..." I thought. I am awaiting my copy of Vitals so I will see if that is more up my alley (er... so to speak).
post #3 of 41
I remember a few years ago in one month details, gq and men's health all had little references to each other being gay magazines - for instance someone writing in first person that he was scared he would be mistaken for being gay because he was carrying "men's health" on the subway. I think that they all have pretty heavy gay readership, just look at the vesace ads in gq. but they always have, as far as I know. I dropped details a few years ago because I had nothing in common with the demographic, but mens health and gq I still read, I just don't look at the pictures.
post #4 of 41
i think every once in awhile there is something word reading in both GQ and Details, so I will maintain my subscription to both ($3 subscriptions on eBay for the win).
post #5 of 41
I recommend Monsieur, Edgar, and Dandy (by far, the best of the lot), three French magazines that are not even a bit homoerotic. More importantly, they show clothes we would like to buy.
post #6 of 41
GQ seems neuter in its orientation (except for the small, straight-laced spread on model Josie Maran in the November issue). As the "magazine" is primarily advertising, the scantily clad men appear in ads without editorial content and GQ makes scant mention of homosexuality in its pages, to avoid offending its straight readers. As to style, there isn't any, except in the increasingly rare event that Glenn O'Brien is allowed to write an article. Vitals seems better, but there's much more information on this forum. My daughter got me Esquire as a birthday gift, because I complained about GQ. I already trashed December-nothing to read in it. Anyway, where do you get the Oxxford hangers? Available on the internet? Thanks.
post #7 of 41
QG is a hot cruising SM bar in PAris...
post #8 of 41
The high fashion English, and Italian periodicals are not what one would term as anything of a nebulous orientation. Such as Vogue L'Uomo, Vogue Hommes, and Arena Homme Plus. In fact the editor of Vogue Hommes is Richard Buckley, the boyfried of Tom Ford.
post #9 of 41
Hey, I actually liked Justin Timberlake's solo album. It was a total ripoff of Michael Jackson, but that's a good source to rip off. Kinda like Oasis, when they copied the Beatles. Details is defininetly going after a gay demographic. Was the original version, back in the mid 90s, doing that too? But, ultimately, who cares if a magazine's demographic is gay. The problem is that everybody is criticizing them for being trendy. Yet, how would it last if it wasn't?
post #10 of 41
Vitals and Cargo are far better than GQ imo. I wish both were monthly but they cram each issue with tons of good stuff so it takes me a while to get thru em cover to cover. GQ is a lot of filler, very little killer. but it's cheap enough to maintain a subscription to so far.
post #11 of 41
Ernest, you alleged French person, QG is obviously one of those puns in which the French specialize. Say it out loud: "queue, j'ai...."
post #12 of 41
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Details is defininetly going after a gay demographic. Was the original version, back in the mid 90s, doing that too?
Yes. Then it tried to broaden its demographics, lost readership, was folded, then resurrected a couple of years later. It's sorta returning to its roots, although there's still stuff in there for us straight guys. GQ isn't my go-to mag as of late--I honestly haven't bought a copy in months, and rarely even flip through it on the newsstand. But I didn't exactly lap up the late-period Art Cooper issues either, with its 'Hey, we're REALLY, REALLY not gay' forced sense of masculinity, name-dropping the Rat Pack every other page and its general lack of focus. Even its articles seem duller, which is a shame given its stable of good-to-great writers. Come to think of it, I don't really buy magazines for style tips anymore (I subscribe to Esquire for its articles and occasionally scandalous photo shoots). That's what I read this forum for, though I'm waiting for my free copy of Vitals to arrive sometime in the next decade.
post #13 of 41
I dunno, I found the interview of Tom Ford to be hilarious.
post #14 of 41
I haven't read it in a while so I don't know if it's gone "gay" but the magazine started to seriously tank in the mid-90s. * It didn't matter what the article was about, whether cuff links, buying homemade barometers from some guy in Maine or how to make a cocktail but there was always an anti-Republican jab thrown in there. Real mature. * "Profiles" of celebrities. I'm not niave, I know the profiles are essentially promotions related to the release of a movie but they were puff pieces every one of them. * Uninspired photography. Way to make clothes look boring. * Women on the cover. If I want to see Rebecca Romjin I'll buy Cosmo. There are no good men's fashion magazines in North America. I haven't read any of the European ones so I can't comment on them.
post #15 of 41
maybe i'm getting old or feeling old, but all the fashion mags bore me to death and i haven't picked one up in over a year. something about flipping thru one makes me feel like i'm watching bad t.v. i also can't stand the radio when i'm driving. it just sounds like mindless babble and the music is all people shouting and repetitive noise. yes, i am getting old. i'll be 30 next year.
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