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...


"The New Male Manifesto." in As Above So Below. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher Inc., (1993).

This was found on the net under the google search 'Masculine Manifesto'. It reads like heteronormative privilege. What I found interesting is wether it is an attitude shared amongst men of Pacific diaspora? If so I wonder how these views are generated, fostered and are able to travel in light of Fa'afafine being a familial concept to men like the ones in the picture above.

I took this image in SAMOA, during october of 2011... It is a samoan rowing team post rowing competition. these men are gorgeous, I wonder if they can relate to the NEW MALE MANIFESTO....

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