FICTIONAL MEN I WAS INTO AS A CHILD
- •He-Man, age 5In kindergarten the mats we put down for afternoon nap were brown on one side, white on the other. I would always put mine brown-side up so I could pretend I was lying on He-Man's tanned chest.
- •Tramp, age 7The lady dogs sang throaty songs about how sexy his bad-boy ways were. No wonder we're all fucked up now. (Because we go for the jerks, that is. Not because we go for the dogs.)
- •Laurie from Little Women, age 9I was so harsh on Jo at the time but now I get it. You can't love a man who would end up with an Amy.
- •Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables, age 10I recall this as very wholesome but in retrospect, "Carrots" is the original neg. Now telling myself I was probably ACTUALLY into Anne and just didn't know how to process that.
- •Sherlock Holmes, age 11The beginning of a lifelong attraction to men who are so smart they can barely function. (Or who think they're so smart that they shouldn't have to.)
- •Leo Kovalensky from We the Living, age 13This book played a HUGE part in shaping my burgeoning sexuality and that is NOT A GOOD THING. Example: "His mouth, calm, severe, contemptuous, was that of an ancient chieftain who could order men to die, and his eyes were such as could watch it."