Gay Male Standards of Beauty


I sat down and talked with my roommate Richard about standards of beauty within gay male communities. Richard identifies as a gay man. He is Jamaican and is a senior Broadcast Journalism major from Miami. While most people typically associate repressive, patriarchal beauty standards with sexist oppression, gay men face a very restrictive set of standards from society based on their sexuality. Sexist oppression and heterosexist oppression work together to support white heterosexual male supremacy. Richard feels that UGA’s gay community holds white masculinity rooted in “Southern traditions” as the ideal for most men. Since he neither identifies with UGA’s frat culture nor is attracted to it, he feels largely excluded from UGA’s gay community.

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