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October 15, 1999




Not Tights: The Required Uniform.



Professional wrestling might be the world’s most homoerotic sport — just not to its fans. Let’s face it: under most circumstances, when a couple of beefy, shaven men in lycra grope each another, it’s good queer fun. Not so in the world of professional wrestling.


    

Take Lenny and Lodi. If you’re a World Championship Wrestling aficionado,
you already know that Lenny is the exceptionally fey wrestler — note the body-glitter and pigtails — who for the past six months has been
getting the tar beaten out of him by WCW’s more manly rasslers. You also know that Lodi is Lenny’s partner, both in and out of the ring. The script (and do we really need to point out that this is scripted?) goes something like this: Lenny sashays into the ring to a chorus of anti-gay slurs. Lenny wrestles and loses. Anti-gay crowd erupts in anti-gay euphoria. Fun for all ages.


    

Now here’s the good news: Lenny and Lodi are officially dead, killed not in a staged gay-bashing at the hands of Hollywood (nee “Hulk”) Hogan, but as a result of a letter from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to TNT, which broadcasts WCW. “The character of Lenny is presented with the intention to incite the crowd to the most base homophobic behavior,” wrote GLAAD entertainment media director Scott Seomin. Apparently TNT agreed, because the openly gay grapplers are now history. Now can we get back to some more subtle homoeroticism please?



Like a Good Neighbor



A South African insurance carrier has begun offering an unprecedented “rape survivor” policy. The policy, which costs roughly four bucks a month, guarantees the rape victim counseling, a one-month course of anti-retroviral drugs and a year of AIDS tests. These tests are a major selling point in a country where 3.6 million people are infected with the disease — roughly one in eight adults. South African women are also three times as likely to be raped as American women.


    

Even the policy’s critics don’t seem to dispute its legitimacy. “It’s
playing on the very real fears of women — that they will be raped, and might get HIV — to make money,” said Carol Bouwer, head of Rape Crisis Cape Town and a leading anti-rape advocate. “Nevertheless, I have medical and life insurance. So why would I not also insure myself against rape?”


    

The announcement of this new policy comes amid another national controversy related to rape in South Africa. An advertising panel recently banned a commercial that featured South African actress Charlize Theron reeling off a litany of rape statistics. The panel pulled the ad because it offended some men.




Isn’t Grandstanding Bad for Kids?



Item: Virginia has passed a law outlawing the online display of materials deemed “harmful to children.” Reaction: Oh thank God. It’s about time someone put a stop to Britney Spears. But wait — we’re not totally sure that’s the kind of material covered by the new law. In fact, no one’s totally sure what materials are covered by the law — which is why a group of 16 online businesses and authors is suing the state of Virginia to prevent enforcement of this statute.


    

The plaintiffs — among them PSINet, Inc., the Commercial Internet Exchange
Association, author Harlan Ellison and Web sex columnist Susie Bright — argue that the law is far too sweeping to be effective, or even
constitutional. Larry Ottinger, an attorney for co-plaintiff People for the
American Way, explained: “It reduces the Internet world available to adults to what is fit for kids, reducing the electronic world to the equivalent of a
sandbox.”


Quotes of the Week



“I deserve an apology and so does Monica. It’s not right she be dragged down
to the floor again.”


Dr. Bernard Lewinsky, employing an unfortunate turn of phrase in reaction to a scene in last week’s episode of the NBC drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” A character was described as “getting a Lewinsky.”





“He could turn me into a lesbian, pinko-commie whore and I’d go where he led
me.”


—Actress Holland Taylor, on David E. Kelley, creator and writer of ABC’s “The Practice.” The 56-year-old Taylor plays a particularly libidinous judge on the show.










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