Is this thread pretty much balanced in line with the percentage of men in Aus society who are of a particular sexuality?
Or is it (as I suspect) tilted towards the heterosexual side of things? If so, does that reveal anything?
-Perhaps the "Aus members" sense of style is a style that is adopted mostly by heterosexual males
Not so sure about this. It may be that the straight members of the forum, or Aussie ones to be more precise, don't think twice about a reference to their significant other, whereas for the gay members such a reference is always loaded - so they may choose not to make such a reference. In other words there may be plenty of gay members, but you just might not know that from their contributions. (As an aside, I have noticed a trend amongst the yanks on the forum of extravagant displays of sexism, almost like they use it as a shield against any suggestion that they might not be straighty-180)
Also, it is a fairly small group of members who actively contribute to this thread - not sure you are getting to statistical significance.
I can see the logic of your view. Discussing style is not something readily done in Australian (straight male) society - so this forum, as an kind of outlet, is going to be of more use to straight guys who loke clothing but don't have anyone to talk to about it. I think that is fairly accurate.
Whereas, style, or fashion if you like, is a more acceptable as a topic of conversation in gay circles. Trouble with this is it is a bit too reliant on stereo-types - real life often doesn't conform.
Some of my gay fiends have no sense of style at all - zip. Some of my straight friends are actually pretty well-dressed a lot of the time. I don't talk to any of them, regardless of their sexuality or style-sense, about clothes - or certainly not to the niche level of detail discussed here.