Are gay football fans guilt-ridden?


Hunter has been wondering why some gay men are obsessed with football. Take, for example, Iain Dale who is a massive fan of the “Hammers (West Ham). Do they think they have to watch footie to ‘fit in’ or is the answer the obvious one: they like watching fit young men running around in shorts? Most gay men I know absolutely loathe the sport. Hunter’s hypothesis is that many gay men feel slightly guilty and embarrassed by their sexuality, fear rejection and want to fit in and be 'one of the lads'. Do you know if any studies have been carried out on gay men and football? If so, email Hunter at the usual address.

14 comments:

Norfolk Blogger said...

Utter rubbish. My wife is a season ticket holder, enjoys watching football on the TV and she does all this because she likes football. It is nthing to do with "fitting in". Your whole hypothesis is that Gay men don't like football because they are gay. I understood sexual orientation to be about who you fancy, not which sport you like ?

Dav id Allen said...

I'm sure there must be gay men who genuinely appreciate football _ as opposed to simply drooling over the sublime chest of Cristiano Ronaldo..... (excuse me, lost my trail of thought there!) but some do seem to protest too much. I remember as a very faggy little boy (hard to believe, I know, considering how butch I am today) what a great mind-fuck it was to reply to the ubiquitous question from other boys ("Which team do you support?") with the words: "I don't support any team. I don't like football. I think it's boring!" The look of shock and disbelief in their faces was always priceless. Back in the 1970s, 'liking football' seemed to be the necessary and sufficient condition for proving one's gender identity as a boy. Not to like it was tantamount to saying one wanted to wear highheels and makeup. Even as a small child I detested the tyranny of this pressure to conform, and refused to. As an adult I think it would be a betrayal of my younger, bullied, poofy self to suddenly take up an interest in football even tho it seems rather jollier, less threatening (and just possibly) not so awful after all. But I just can't do it! My principled gay and femininist stand as an adult therefore is that it is entirely acceptable (indeed laudable) to lust after Lampard, get hard for Henry, dream of caressing Cristiano, but NEVER to actually watch a football match for anything other than sexual/ aesthetic reasons.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why it is the Conservative Party is embarassed by you? Oh wait, I just remembered...

dizzy said...

What a complete load of bollocks.

David Allen said...

I wonder why it is that people remain anonymous when they leave ad hominem abuse on other people's blogs? Oh wait, I just remembered... it's because they are too gutless to use their name and risk being subject to the same scrutiny themselves.
At least Dizzy left his calling card!

Iain Dale said...

And why exactly did you have to associate my name with this ridiculous article. I have been going to Upton Park since 1977. My liking for sport of most kinds has absolutely nothing to do with my sexuality. It has more to do with the fact that I am quite a competitive person.

Sometimes when you can't think of anything to write it is best to just leave it.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Iain, sorry if you took offence to this article. I mentioned you as an example because both your sexuality and love of the Hammers are well documented.

NB, I guess the same could be said of women (i.e. wanting to 'fit in' and be 'one of the lads')?

David, a lot on the annons are Lib Dem members who are ashamed to be Lib Dems. Who could blame them? :-)

Forever blowing bubbles said...

Whilst I do not agree with Justin on this isuue, your last post Iain made you come across a right pompous tory tosser. Given the amount of crap that you write, your post was a pit rich; pots and kettles spring to mind. Ayway, justin, stick to what you know best: bashing those Fib Dems.

Croydonian said...

Stranger things have been known. My sister's husband's orientation is not in doubt (he has progeny), but is a devotee of show tunes.

David Allen said...

Indeed, C. Straight male fans of show tunes and Barbara Streisand are one of the rarest and most discriminated-against minorities of all _ it is one of the many failings of the Blair years that they have not yet been given their own anti-discrimination Act and quango!

Croydonian said...

There may even be straight men who think French & Saunders are funny, but I find it a little hard to believe.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Or gay men who like Top Gear. Oh dear, we're back to ID again...

Graeme said...

What about (takes a bow) gay men who hate show tunes? Or Mr Keith playing RU for decades till he broke his collar bone. I think this article is nonsense *in general* but (speaking as former Highbury attendee) there *is* a subgroup of gay men who get off on being football fans. They would be better off separating out the love of being in a rough east end pub full of sweaty men shouting obscenities at football from the need to pretend they actually enjoy the game itself.

Kevin B. said...

Hello, the 70's are over !!!! Did you consider moving to Poland where you theories would veyr much appreciated...