Before internet porn, before Grindr, we got our fill of masculine sexuality from one mainstream publication that was right in plain sight.
Gays of a certain age will always remember International Male.
We’ll never forget spending that night at a friend’s house during our high school years and finding one of the men’s fashion catalogs in a pile of magazines beside his bed.
It was the first item we ever stole from someone else.
Inside the pages were the sexiest men we’d ever seen, wearing outrageous apparel—and sometimes next to nothing at all.
Flipping through the catalog gave us all the tingles in our nether regions and used money from our part-time, after-school job to order underwear and jock straps. We’d camp out every single day waiting for the postman to deliver the package of goodies and quickly hide the items in the back of a bottom drawer of our dresser.
Of course, we ordered everything under our mom’s name, so soon we started receiving the catalog at our house and she assumed it was simply because of the massive amounts of mail-order catalog lists she was already on—that’s if a copy ever made it past our mailbox stakeout.
This weekend, you can virtually attend the Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival and screen All Male: The International Male Story, a documentary from Peter Jones Productions about the creation of the super-gay pop-culture phenomenon that was this sexy catalog.
Purchase a ticket now and spend your weekend with a few good men.
A few insanely sexy men, that is.