At one point in the conversation he dropped the term “Straight Guilt”. Fascinated, I asked him to explain. Here’s what he said (and I’m paraphrasing): “It’s when you’ve got a straight menswear writer who feels guilty that he writes about fashion so he has to apologise, over-compensate or prove his manhood at every given opportunity. It’s why you see so many boob shots all over men’s style blogs or sites run by straight guys, and so many sport or hip hop or hyper-masculine references all over everything. Because if you don’t make it clear at all times that you’re straight – and, more importantly, if you’re trying to appeal to the straight market and they don’t understand that liking what you like is acceptable and straight too – then the whole system will fall over.”
Ugh this is so true. Most of the menswear/mens fashion blogs I follow are run by these type of guys. It’d be so much better if they didn’t give a fuck , but unfortunately they do. Them always overcompensating ruins the blog.