Editors' Note: Guest blogger Reid Uratani is a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His work centers on a variety of topics, mainly focused on the ways in which queer subcultures mobilize in relation to larger communities.
- I am not a "true" Madonna fan (Whitney Houston defender present). But I know the catalog well.
- I was interpellated or absorbed into gay male culture at a specific point - what I intuit as the last group with a pre-NoH8 frame of mind.
- Madonna (for me the 1982 "Physical Attraction"/"Lucky Star" and the 1990 Blonde Ambition manifestations) forcibly acquires a measure of centrality in achieving legible gay maleness (or male gayness).
- I'm not a culture studies person. I think intensive focus tends toward political vapidness.
- Madonna studies still intrigues me. Especially work focusing on the Blonde Ambition avatars.
- After the jump is the version of the Blonde Ambition rendition of "Like a Prayer" everyone should watch (I'm biased toward the curliness of her hair in this one).
Logical conclusion follows.