At beer busts, gear nights and leather bars, we curse the man with the microphone, blathering and promoting himself when he should be cruising and fucking someone. We slowly shake our heads at title contests that evoke campy play-acting rather than meaty sexual prowess. We pause our conversation with someone we want to fuck in order to weakly applaud a stage lined with men we wouldn’t fuck.
The Sword will soon bring you inside one local fetishist uprising that will storm the IML title contest this year with a new mold of leatherman. But the invasion has already begun. 2007 International Mr. Leater Mike Gerle has written a controversial indictment of the current leather scene, aiming his ire at the culture of self-promotion and flaccid fund-raising that has usurped the original intent of gay kink culture, which is to celebrate radical sex and honor its most adept sexual players.
The erosion of leather culture is partly due to online cruising and partly due to the mainstream embracing of kink. But the root of the problem is that instead of honoring men who have mastered the art of being a whore, we honor men who have mastered the art of being an attention whore. Take it away, Gerle:
I am witnessing my leather world being overrun by non-kinky people manipulating the powerful energy of the leather tribe into a vehicle for their own self-promotion. This has got to stop. If for no other reason, it is driving the kinky men I want to hook up with out of the few spaces we have left. This is cock-blocking on an enormous scale…
You, with the microphone, please shut up so that I can do the dance Leathermen once did in these spaces. It can only happen when the environment is right, and your screeching is making it impossible…There is a growing group among us in the titleholder community who value the act of fundraising over the ability to celebrate what it means to be fully functional and celebrated kinky people. They now look for charities to do fundraiser for, just so they can do fundraiser. Being a Leatherman or a kinky individual is no longer relevant to their gatherings.These are Leather carpetbaggers. They have been drawn to the light our powerful energy creates and have found opportunity in this new fundraising paradigm. The gear they wear is a costume rather than an expression of their basic nature. They have little or no interest in our world beyond its ability to generate notoriety for themselves.
It is up to the new generation of kinky gear fuckers to stave off the ossification of the leather scene. I’m going to kick things off myself this weekend, at the Sunday beer bust at The Eagle in San Francisco. First I will break the microphone. Then I will fucking take a fucking piss on the first person to offer me a raffle ticket.
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