I live in Manukau City, South of Auckland; New Zealand. We have the densest pacific island population of any country in the world. The given is that meeting other like minded queers like yourself is easy, since geographically we’re all in the same city. You would think it were that simple. The Polynesian Princes of south Auckland are as closeted as the gays in the NRL. They have refined their visibility to a passing fragrance of I WANNA FUCK YOU BUT I”M WITH HER. The problem with this metaphor is that it reeks of homos in south Auckland but these men have succeeded in making themselves invisible.

So therein lays the problem of trying to engage and understand a type of man that exists only in theory. I imagine this type of man as wanting to express his sexual fluidity and attraction to the same sex however being stunted by his contradicting physicality, one of which is typically hetronormative and in gender specific terms what is appropriate for him to conform to i.e. “I am built in the manner of a man that is only biologically compatible with a significant other of the opposite sex”. This belief system is made a mantra that affirms a masculine stereotype and a gender ideal that is perpetuated, driven and motivated both sociologically and politically by a western heterosexual statuesque and moral majority.

The art works posted on this blog are inspired by this idea. This is JERRY THE FA’AFAFINE he is pleased to have finally found you and met you...


JERRY is totally intrigued by this "BODY OF WORK". JERRY LIKES... but for many reasons that are not apparent to the audience this work is made for. These images are beautiful. JERRY has this calender plastered to the wall of his man cave. But while it flicks my switches and melt my eyes, the images seem conceptually positioned to exclude FAGS like JERRY THE FAF.

I do enjoy that Pacific masculinity is being celebrated as non threatening, non violent and seemingly soft.. I qualify my use of the term "Soft" in that the aggression of contact sports like Rugby League appears absent and that male beauty is the prevailing sentiment and not "weakness" which is often synonymous with references such as soft. But so straight, as if to imply that all our Pacific Men are these Warriors. JERRY must be wearing his gay goggles but it also seems borderline homoerotic.

JERRY understands wanting to respond to racism in a male domain like Rugby League. I understand charity and creating work with a social functionality and commercial appeal. But JERRY IS HARDOUT interested in the gender politics that are being traded, paid for and consumed by the audience of this work.

JERRY likes Rugby League players as much as League players like to fuck gay boys. They're all over the internet. Day and Night. Any gay Polynesian knows or is part of the unspoken and invisible network of Under-Cover-Brothers. (UCB) Whats funny is that most of them are ASSpiring, or established athletes. I guess it's interesting the idea of "men in sport" just coming to terms with the complexity of race. JERRY is wondering when "men in sport" will be able to cope with talking about being Gay? (JERRY IS SO MAKING A CALENDER!!!!)

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