I was watching an episode of the MTV show 1 Girl 5 Gays the other night and it included something I thought was fitting for this blog. For those of you who do not know what this show is, it’s a show where the MTV host Aliya-Jasmine asks a panel of gay men questions about love, sex, and everyday issues in their lives. One of the questions that was raised to the guys during this particular episode was “Does this show need more masculine guys?”.
Here is the link: 1 Girl 5 Gays Episode 23. This portion of the segment starts at about 5:12 of the third clip.
It is interesting how the guys responded to this question. I think they’re making a valid point when questioning what exactly “masculine” means. As we know, taking one masculinity and labeling it as the sole definition for what being “masculine” entails can be problematic because there are so many different masculinities, rather than a uniform masculinity. If some viewers think there needs to be more masculine guys, as it seems they may mean guys who are displaying stereotypical masculine traits, on the show, then I think they are not recognizing that all of the guys on this show have some masculine traits, from appearance to character. If being masculine means being competitive, strong emotionally and physically, dominant, aggressive, etc. then I think every guy in this show has some “masculine” in them. As we know, just because someone exhibits feminine characteristics does not mean they lack masculine characteristics and vice versa.