Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Ruining the Image of Cowboys?

Following the lives of two Wyoming cowboys from 1963 to 1983, Brokeback Mountain, soon opening in cinemas across the country, is causing a stir.

Why? The main characters happen to be in love. This has gotten some righteously offended.

Wyoming playwright Sandy Dixon, quoted in the Casper Star Tribune says: "Don't try and take what we had, which was wonderful -- the cowboys that settled the state and made it what it was -- don't ruin that image just to sell a book."

What? The pure, family oriented cowboy legacy besmirched?! A popular Right wing talking point these days has been about leftist historical revisionism,...Doh!....this, while they perpetuate old myths, and simultaneously create new ones.

Doesn't the very term "cow boy" connote someone other than a patriarchal saint?
Boys? Well, boys will be boys won't they, wink wink.
Should they now be referred to as cowmen? How's that for historical revisionism?

Homosexuality within an essentially homophobic grouping? Whoa, that's new! (Not!)
To state flatly that there was never such a thing as a gay cowboy, should sound nonsensical to anyone who thinks and doesn't blind themselves to reality.

Okay, okay....no one should accept the gay cowboy concept without evidence? Well, look a little deeper. Queer Cowboys?

Next the Radical Homo Revisionists of History will be suggesting that there was gay love in something like ancient Greek military ranks, ...pish posh. -- Dowser
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-good commentary:
Brokeback Mountain, Matt Shepard, Gary & Me
-read the original short story in its entirety online:
by Annie Proulx, as published in the New Yorker magazine
...now here:
Brokeback Mountain
oops!
that's gone now too. Guess they want you get the book

Brokeback Mountain: in anthology
-movie site: (excellent quality preview)
Brokeback Mountain the movie
- hillarious read - practical too! - by MSNBC.com:
The straight dude’s guide to ‘Brokeback’
Roger Ebert review in:
the Chicago Sun-Times
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5 Comments:

Blogger Dowser said...

Oops! Ok, I've flagged Blogger to open up the Comment fields now. Thanks for leaving your remarks.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

I am reading "Brokeback Mountain" now. But I am not telling anyone that I am. Because I am as "straight as that wall over there."

12:44 AM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Even though I have now read "Brokeback Mountain" I am not going to make a big deal about it.

And I definitely won't be posting about it on my blog.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Mykbear said...

As a former Concrete Cowboy AKA Freight Relocation Engineer AKA Truck Driver, I like the concept of the movie, Brokeback Mountain. Two regular guys working & living together on the open range. They can't help learning all about eachother and becoming intimate in every way.
I think the part that scares people is that they might actually LOVE eachother. This breaks the myth that gays aren't monogamous and that there's something more than just sex in our relationships. The old excuse of "they musta been drunk..." doesn't seem to hold up after the second or third time.
First Will & Grace, then Queer Eye, Now Brokeback Mountain. We really must be out to conquer the world. How about a queer Major League Baseball player... nah ... nevah happen.

Best to you Dowser...
MykBear

10:36 PM  
Anonymous PDA said...

I didn't care too much for the story "Brokeback Mountain" mainly because I think it would have been better if the two men had just stuck together and hadn't gotten married. But then it would have been an entirely different story would't it.

11:15 AM  

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