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Posted by Word Camel on December 20, 2004

In Reply to: Homophobia posted by Jose Carlos on December 20, 2004

: : : : : : Hi:

: : : : : : What do you call the mindset of those men (mostly young men) who are obsessive about their physical appearance and spend most of their time in the gym, lifting weights and so on? This is not pure narcissism. It is a real syndrome. In Portuguese I have heard someone talk about 'vigorexia', but I don't know if a similar term has been coined in English.

: : : : : : JC

: : : : : Usually, fitness fanatic, with no gender restriction.

: : : :
: : : : "gay"

: : : Hey Word Camel:

: : : Do you mean to say that Arnold Schwarzenegger could possibly be gay?

: : : JC

: : Well, a gay icon, at least. *grin*.

: It may be so, but isn't it ironical that this man is a well-known homophobiac? If the gay community worships him, it may be a case of masochism.

: JC


I don't actually get the sense that Arnie is homophobic. He opposed gay marriage of very narrow and legalistic terms but has said he's fine with it the law is changed. It's pretty clear that he's trying to play both sides of the fence politically but before he began his political career he spoke out against anti-gay discrimination now and then. Speaking as a "bit-of-a-fag-hag", I'm actually amazed at how mainstream gay culture, etc. has become over the past twenty years. The last gay-pride march I attended was more like a company picnic than a protest.

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