'Fag Hag' No Longer Hip Label

Gay men slowly becoming less of an 'accessory' for women
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2009 4:25 PM CDT
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, right, and actor Willie Garson are seen at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday June 1, 2008 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Thanks to Will & Grace, the young gay men of a decade ago were turned “into something unexpected: a must-have item,” writes Thomas Rogers for Salon. Though he was “jockish, pop-culturally illiterate, and dressed in mom jeans,” Rogers “remained a strangely alluring target for a large number of straight women”—and he didn’t find it entirely enjoyable. Thankfully, though, “the fag hag is becoming a relic of another era.”

Now that Hollywood has brought “nuanced and red-blooded gay characters” to the big and small screens, “fag hag” is like “a designer label that's faded from fashion.” Gay kids are coming out at younger ages to greater social acceptance—“in many cases, they'll be taking their boyfriend, not their female BFF, to the prom.” Which means the “fag hags” will, hopefully start “calling themselves something more accurate. Like ‘friend.’”