Made to Muse…
Turned to cause
To like or not to like. Basically that was the major hint of the article “Closet Confessions” that was published in the December 2008 issue of well-known magazine; Living Well.
The article could be shining a bad light over the image of the gay scene in Amman the writer had set. An article that Living Well itself said that it doesn’t reflects their views, but it reflects the writer’s!
What magazine denies anarticle while publishing it in its pages! If it’s in the magazine, and approved of, then it reflects the picture of the magazine as well.
The article talked about the impossibility of future-seeking toward the local gay men, erasing the hope in delicate words. The article miss-lead the reader to a bad vision toward the gay local gay community; It described the idea of landing sexual pleasures by simple glimpses in bars.
Also indirectly, but obviously talked about straight men who finds the women’s company isn’t as available by seeking sexual advances from gay men!
The writer used a delicate language to present what he has to say about the community. Words with a lot of bars, a lot of cheap advances, and a lot of lack in family connections; as he put it “the lack of family connections means that there are plenty of opportunities for flings and fun for foreign gay men living on Jordan,” leading to a picture of sex, fun and unserious yet seriously trashy! The writer forgot to talk about the openness Jordan is seeking and on the verge of, forgot to look for those who save themselves for the one, forgot to talk about the serious clean gay image many present. However he didn’t go wrong by his description, cause like any gender, theirs the bad fruit and the good fruit, as he went on talking about the negative side of the gay scene and the frequent rumored-to-be norm; one night stands.
The article is degrading and considered to be bad news. A bit-to be more…"disrespectful".
However, it talked about the religious sides, the truth and only the truth he saw and witnessed at most, and mostly the pretend marriage older gays burry themselves in! The article is interesting to read, but mind-pissing with a non-happy ending, leaving the local gay community again, with another bad to go news to be told as a story! Yet the writer didn’t lie, he just didn’t paint the whole picture.
P.S. this reflects our anger toward the article and banning the idea the writer set for the local gay community. And yes, it reflects My.Kali.magazine’s views.