Outing Ultimate Fighting

July 31, 2008 at 6:30 am 2 comments

I have written a couple of posts about mixed martial arts (MMA) being the gayest. sport. ever. and Out Magazine has an article about MMA that seems to agree.

Mark Simpson who I mentioned in my post More Gayest. Sport. Ever. had this to say:

In the octagonal UFC cage set up over the Bell Centre ice hockey rink — octagonal perhaps because it better affords multiple angles than a square boxing ring — Mac Danzig is still on his back; his sweaty, pumped white torso is flushed with the auburn heat that auburn skin produces when it is aroused. His panting, fetching head has been pushed up against the cage by redhead Marc Bocek’s energetic pounding, as if the cage were in fact a headboard. Bocek isn’t making love, however, or at least not the vanilla kind. He’s hammering the living daylights out of Danzig with his gloves, stoking the crowd into ever-higher waves of frenzy. Although the Octagon is right in front of me, I’m watching all of this on one of the giant screens overhead: MMA is mostly a horizontal sport — one that requires multiple zoom lenses and a big TV to enjoy properly.

Bocek pauses for a moment to grab his partner/adversary by his hips, almost tenderly, and drag him backward while still kneeling between his legs, not wanting to break contact and negotiate that tricky “reentry.” It isn’t, though, out of consideration for his chum’s cricked neck. He’s worried that Danzig will use the cage to get up off the canvas — and then get him in the “bitch” position. MMA is all about fighting for being on top. (Or maybe for being a truculent bottom.)

Straight guys would undoubtedly puff out their chests and drop their voices a few octaves in denial. MMA can’t possibly be gay because in order to compete you have to be a “real man” to go mano a mano with another man and risk getting your ass kicked.

And, some gay men would look down their precious and politically correct little noses and claim that combat sports can’t be gay because a “gay” sport would be non-competitive and non-violent.

But, there is something a little gay about nearly naked sweaty men rolling around on the ground to the cheers of hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of other men. And that “something,” whether it is best described as “gay,” “homoerotic,” or homosocial is attracting millions of men gay, straight and bisexual.

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  • 1. James  |  July 31, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I am a gay man who is very athletic and have played many sports, and this post bothers me because you are alluding to man to man contact as gay. If you’ve ever participated in contact sports )and I’m not say you haven’t) then you should know that while engaged in competition, sex is the LAST thing on your mind.

    This is another way of perpetuating stereotypes, not to mention you come across as homophobic, and one last point, not all gay men “look down their politically correct little noses” at sports as you so eloquently put. You need to know more about gay people and stop categorizing, especially if you are going to have the balls to put it in writing. Educate yourself!

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  • 2. Michael Crawford  |  July 31, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    James,

    Relax. I am a gay man too. I have been engaged in LGBT activism for a long time and am not homophobic. Just take a look at my Top Post virtually every one has something to do with gay men.

    My comment about about some gay men, not all gay men, “look down their politically correct little noses” was aimed a couple of people in particular.

    If you want to write a guest post commenting on my post, even if it is something critical, let me know. I am very much aware that gay men are amazingly diverse.

    You can reach me at bloggernista@gmail.com

    Reply

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