Boys

So I’m sitting here telling Michael that I can’t think of what to blog about.

He says, “You want something to blog about? I’ll give you something to blog about.”

Then he proceeds to leave the room.

I hear the light/fan combo turn on in the bathroom, and I’m not quite sure what, exactly, my husband is planning. But I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be something blogworthy if it happens in the bathroom.

He returns moments later with this week’s Entertainment Weekly. He tosses it to me. “That.”

There’s a two page ad spread. On the left are two guys laying on a bed together. On the right, there’s a guy and a girl standing next to each other in a bedroom setting. Neither picture is racy. Actually, both pictures are adorably “couple-y.”

It’s an ad for KY.

If you don’t know what that is, you’re not learning about it on my blog.

But anyway, I look back up at him and say, “I don’t get it.”

He says, “You know what that’s an ad for?”

I’m a thirty-two year old woman. I’ve had a child. The jig is up.

In other words: yes, I know what it is.

For some reason, an ad for this product featuring two men was alarming to him. Me? Meh. Old news. But then, I read Dan Savage every week. I’m of the “live and let live” philosophy.

Don’t get me wrong. I get it. I understand the alarm, I just don’t feel it. We’re still evolving as a country. I know that.

I think I might still be in a minority.

What about you guys? What about your significant others? If you saw an ad like this, would you be alarmed? Would they?

Or would you shrug and skip past the ad to find out more about Lindsey Lohan and the skanks from the Jersey Shore?

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3 thoughts on “Boys

  1. We’d never even notice that it was in any way noteworthy. But then, my son has a coming out story.

    He belongs to the Gay/Bi/Straight Alliance at school and has heard many coming out stories. He realized they all had one thing in common. People never had to come out as straight. So he did 🙂

  2. That’s a great story about your son. The world is really evolving into acceptance of all lifestyles and cultures. I know there are still hate crimes and persecution and terrible things in the news every day. But it takes little steps to make big changes, and every time I read about a student like that, it gives me a little more hope.

    My husband isn’t homophobic, but even with 10 years’ difference between us, he still gets surprised by things that don’t even hit my radar. Then I look at kids 10 and 15 years younger than I am taking it one step further and reaching out (like your son). That’s just incredible. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Suzi, what your son did was amazing. I love hearing stories like that.

    Brigid, it wouldn’t even hit my radar, but I know exactly what you mean. Honestly, I think it’s pretty cool that such an ad even made it into Entertainment Weekly. I smiled when I read that. But phased? Eh. Love and let love, and frankly we could all use a little more of it!

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