Alex van der Hoek

Gay Men are Dangerous

“Watch your drinks. Don’t let anyone make you anything.” “Get ready to have orgies everyday.” “You’re going to come back covered in STDs.” This is what they told me before I left for my trip to the BVI, which I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about. My friends and family …

Poor Jennifer Aniston reads another tabloid headline

The Jennifer Aniston Complex

They want to know. How are you still single??? You look so normal, likeable, and trustworthy. There must be something you’re not telling them. You must have abnormally high standards or uncontrollable meltdowns. Or there must be someone that you’re hooking up with who you’re just not telling them about …

Keep Weho Gay No more Bachelorette Parties

“Keep Weho Gay”: Discriminating or Protecting a Subculture

It happens with almost every subculture. That moment when the mainstream gets a taste of it and it gets swept away by hegemonic forces. The cultural artifacts that once exclusively belonged to an underground group of people becomes appropriated for a larger audience. It happened with Voguing when Madonna released …

Gay Makeout Berlin Germany

BEARlin and the Gay Posse

My old college roommate (I’ll call him Luke) met up with us in Berlin so I had some help investigating the gay scene this week. I really enjoyed the Berlin gay population and checked out two bars in particular that I really enjoyed. Schwuz is an underground dive bar with a …