Monday, December 3, 2012

The point of the conversation

Austin Wolf generates so much heat!
I'm closing down the comments on my post last week concerning speculation regarding masculinity and femininity in homoerotic wrestling.  My sincere attempt to try to have a conversation about the role of masculinity in today's homoerotic wrestling scene continued to veer into persistently vague yet increasingly personal attacks on last month's homoerotic wrestler of the month, Austin Wolf.  A comment that came through for approval last night got catty with me, pointing out that I was missing the point of the conversation, since all I was talking about was Austin's wrestling.  I was in the middle of composing a cuttingly clever and brutally insightful retort when it suddenly occurred to me that the commenter (who's comment won't be published because of the ensuing character attack on Austin as a person) was actually quite correct on his first point.  Sure, it was my conversation to start with, and it's a conversation happening on my blog, but the conversation was decisively on a point that is implicitly and explicitly off topic around here.  I was missing "the point" that one or more commenters are uninterested in saying anything about Austin's wrestling, but fixated on remarkably non-specific but vehement charges about his quality as a gay man and human being off camera.

... and as for his potential in homoerotic wrestling...
Yeah.  I don't "get" that conversation at all, and more pertinently, that's not a conversation for this blog. I've never talked with Austin, so I can't verify whether he's an upstanding sort of guy who's just pissed somebody off, or if he's a royal, screwed up dick.  But except for the generous gentlemen who have agreed to be interviewed for neverland, that's pretty much the state of things with all the wrestlers I review and reflect on.  This conversation, the conversation that I'll continue to initiate and be happy to respond to, is about homoerotic wrestling, the professional homoerotic wrestling industry, and what turns me on.  Austin's wrestling turns me on, and I continue to think that he's got a huge potential, proportional to his massive muscles, for more chart topping homoerotic wrestling.  The rest is for some other forum.

Austin takes the only beating that I care about: in a wrestling match.
I'm composing my post appointing Austin's successor as HWOTM.  He didn't appear in a November homoerotic wrestling release, so Austin isn't eligible for a back-to-back repeat.  So I'm guessing I'll have less to say about him in the coming days, and I guarantee you won't be seeing any further comments charging him with unspecified failures to gay humankind.  But comments about his work on the mat or his potential in the business going forward will continue to be welcomed, because that's what we talk about around here.  And if Austin wants to join the ranks of the friends of neverland by giving me an interview (pass along the hint, people!), we'll enjoy chatting with him about his initial forays into homoerotic wrestling. Period.  Until then, let's move on and get back to "the" conversation.

I hope to see those tree trunks wrapped around many, many more heads!

3 comments:

  1. Where'd the comments go? I know there were some here and I added on. Is there some tech or flame problem?

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    1. Hey Almatolmen - The comments to my earlier post "Man Enough" are still up (for now, I may change my mind). As I mention above, I'm calling a halt to any more comments there because it appears to be inciting some folks to make increasingly personal attacks. Not cool. So I'm rejecting all comments there and encouraging everyone to just move on. Nothing you said in your post is a problem, but I just think this will be a more positive, constructive space if we let that lie fallow a while.

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