Life as a gay man can have it’s ups and downs. And if you’re considered an ‘average’ gay, then you may be in for a few additional ones. At least that’s the way society and the media makes us believe.
We all know that a lot of gay men out there can be very superficial when it comes to appearance (and I include myself in that generalisation…), but have we reached a point where the stereotyping is starting to harm those who may not fit that perfect mould? Not everyone can have the body of a Greek god with perfect hair, muscles upon muscles, great abs, a large package, etc.
Unfortunately, the media does tend to paint the picture that only the most attractive amongst us could possibly be considered successful, happy, or desirable. That you ‘must’ look like an Abercrombie model in order to be attractive.
When you really get down to it, the actual percentage that would fit that stereotype is probably quite slim, whereas the rest of us could be considered average with varying degrees up or down. But yet we’ve somehow allowed ourselves to buy into the shallowness and try to strive to reach that unattainable ‘perfection’ and hotness – the perfect body, the hot AF boyfriend, the ideal life.
What a load of crap, huh?
Of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone. Not everyone is turned on by an awesome set of abs, pecs that are marble-like slabs, a chiselled chin, or an ass so tight and peachy you could bounce a quarter off it.
There are whole sub-sects of the gay community that perceive things differently, and have different ideals of what is beautiful (bears, chubby-chasers, etc). But sadly the media would consider them ‘average’ and perhaps even dismiss them for not wanting to live up to what’s considered an ideal.
Regardless of what you find attractive, it’s more likely that this ‘yearning’ for what others have is due to all of us (gay, straight or anyone in between) regularly comparing our lives to those around us, or to those depicted in the media. And as much as we know deep down it’s all a facade, we can’t help but to buy into the happy-happy everyone posts on their social media and think ‘I wish that was me’ or ‘I want that’.
But does that necessarily mean your life will be more difficult when you’re just considered ‘average’ (*gasp* the horror…)? Are you less likely to become successful at you job, or snag that man of your dreams?
Well… yes and no. It’s all dependant on how you approach life.
As difficult as it can be at times, you can’t live your life comparing yourself to others. There’s no magic formula for where you should be in life by a certain age, just a bunch of pressure you’ve put on yourself. And there’s nothing saying that you have to have the same things in your life that your friends or family do.
And that’s the joy of life – it’s different for everyone. And no matter how you look, you might have the same insecurities, hopes or dreams as that super hot guy beside you on the tube, or as that regular bloke sitting across the pub from you. Or you might have different ones.
In the end, the most important thing in life is how we perceive ourselves and we really shouldn’t allow the media or other people’s perceptions of beauty to detract from our own self worth. We should own our average-ness and not allow others to make us feel ‘less than’ because we don’t fit their mould.
Because when you get right down to it, you’re exactly who you’re supposed to be right at this moment.
Can’t help but look around and question whether or not you belong? Magazines, online publications, and nearly every TV show might show a gay couple cuddled up, but why do they all look like supermodels?