Wednesday, September 28
Shadow

Tag: Aaron Philip M. Dela Cruz

Closet Survival

Closet Survival

Perspectives
IN The Wizard of Oz, the Wizard exercises an illusion of power and magic over his constituents by projecting a spectral mirage of himself through the use of a contraption that conceals him from the view of his subjects. We need to remember that the Wizard is mortal and perhaps he has utilized this machine to survive, to avoid being ostracized by the Ozians in the Emerald City. I follow a thread of light from the idea of this same contraption and imagine it as the new cyber closet where gay men conceal themselves for survival. I venture to say that gay men have adapted a new form of survival in technospace, particularly in the Twitterverse, through the formation of alter accounts. Alter accounts are Twitter profiles created by some gay men to exercise their homoerotic desir...