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and their clients’ female friends and family. As gay men, they are coded as both masculine
and feminine (see Ramsey & Santiago, 2004). As men, they ‘‘hang out with’’ and help other
men. As gays, apparently, they supposedly possess insights into the female psyche that
straight men lack.
Although we ﬁnd such categories as straight and heterosexual problematic, we use the term
straight in this study to refer to those men included in episodes of Queer Eye identiﬁed as
The scene mimics the classic scene in which Marilyn Monroe steps on an air vent, and her
skirt blows up and out.
Thom laments, ‘‘How is it possible that he wears this [ratty] sweatshirt and he’s in a
relationship, and I wear these fabulous clothes and I’m single?’’
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