Embarassed of buying the latest issue of gay mag

  • beaujangle

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    Aug 31, 2009 11:41 AM GMT
    I do a little embarrassed of buying gay mags, depending who is at the counter. The most recent issue of this gay mag called DNA has on its cover a model posing with low cut pants that shows his pubes. God, it's hot!

    Do you have similar encounters? Do you care or are you not bothered?
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    Aug 31, 2009 11:55 AM GMT
    beaujangle saidI do a little embarrassed of buying gay mags, depending who is at the counter. The most recent issue of this gay mag called DNA has on its cover a model posing with low cut pants that shows his pubes. God, it's hot!

    Do you have similar encounters? Do you care or are you not bothered?


    I just buy it, and think it's the guy at at the counter's problem, not mine! Women buy those kind of mags all the time!
    If you really have a problem, you should subscribe and get them sent to your home.. and you get them a little cheaper too...icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 31, 2009 12:00 PM GMT
    My advice. don't buy them. Save your money.
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    Aug 31, 2009 12:30 PM GMT
    I don't buy them, but could easily do so in the Fort Lauderdale area without any embarrassment. And the give-away weekly gay mags here can have very racy covers, and anyone seeing you with one would know you are gay. Hell, they often feature pics of me & my partner inside (at social functions, not posing... LOL!), and they're on stands at restaurants and straight shops in this area.

    http://hotspotsmagazine.com/current-magazine/classic-magazine-view

    http://www.the411mag.com/main.cfm?site=s

    But I did have a problem when I wanted to buy Playgirl mags starting when they first came out in the 1970s, and I'd be stationed by the Army in red-neck areas of the US. Plus adults mags were often kept behind the counter, so you had to ask for them by name.

    My solution was to waste my money on a man's adult mag along with the Playgirl, like Playboy or Penthouse, which I'd later toss, keeping the Playgirl I wanted. I'd say to the clerk: "One for me, one for her," or "She lets me get this one if I buy her that one," or something similar.

    No doubt lame, and I'm sure some clerks knew what I was up to, but at least it made me feel more relaxed about it, and not as guilty red-faced as I might otherwise have been.

    So buy a straight and a gay mag together, and say the gay one is for your brother... LMAO!
  • GQjock

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    Aug 31, 2009 12:57 PM GMT
    You want that kind of magazine '
    you're going to either have to get over the embarrassment or ask for delivery
    .... and the hide from your mailman icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 31, 2009 1:00 PM GMT
    Don't know how things are in Wagga Wagga, but if you have a local gay book store why not buy em there?

    anytime I buy any gay related magazines ( porn or not ) I prefer to go to a local gay store to help support them.
  • EverettNYC

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    Aug 31, 2009 1:52 PM GMT
    I was in NYC for 8 years (just moved away), and a few years ago my parents came to visit. I usually picked up HX or Next Magazine every week, the weekly free give-away mags, that always had sexual covers. My mother wanted to be nice and help clean my room, and found a stack of HXs and goes "Here are you tranny mags. Everett, are you into drag or something??" It was hysterical. icon_biggrin.gif
  • cowboyathlete

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    Aug 31, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    For crying out loud a few of the fitness related magazines are soft core porn. Some have plenty of shots of well built men with little advice on working out.
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    Aug 31, 2009 2:11 PM GMT
    Oh my God, the worst and embarrassing was buying a Playgirl from a woman that looked like Olympia Dukakis in Tales of the City. She just smiled and finished my purchase.
  • jgymnast733

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    Aug 31, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    Na, not really bothered by that,,,However i always get a reaction from the counter girls when i purchase Magnum condoms at Duane Reade..ALWAYS
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    Aug 31, 2009 2:32 PM GMT
    Well - I sometimes go to those stores where you "self-scan" your items - or - I go to "family" friendly places - - - - I like patronizing them. I don't buy many of those magazines anyway - but condoms and lube - yes!
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    Aug 31, 2009 2:36 PM GMT
    I love DNA, It's easily one of the best gay mags going

    Opinionated yet balanced and not over political or judgmental, for mainstream gay men and not trying to stretch itself across all demographics, plus lots and lots of hotties and few ads. icon_lol.gif

    But to answer your questions Yes, Yes I did, When I was 16/17

    My suggestion would be to just subscribe to it, you get it cheaper than in the stores, Outside major cities you don't have to risk them not having it and it arrives in a sealed envelope and no one has to know
  • mustangd

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    Aug 31, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    if the man behind the register is cute, it can be an interesting way of finding out if he is family or not..
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    Aug 31, 2009 3:16 PM GMT
    Ohh, I don't care at all anymore. I have subscriptions to most but a few like DNA and OUT I still have to go out and buy regularly. And... the last issue of OUT with Lady Gaga on the cover I had them remove from the shelf and save for me icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 31, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
    MsclDrew saidMy suggestion would be to just subscribe to it, you get it cheaper than in the stores, Outside major cities you don't have to risk them not having it and it arrives in a sealed envelope and no one has to know

    The most I ever subscribed to was the "International Male" catalog. It came with a paper sealer on the edge in the 1970s, so it couldn't be opened before delivery, but no wrapper. Though a few times it arrived with the seal broken, and I wondered who at the Post Office had been looking at it.

    I had honestly ordered it because I became interested in its underwear ads I had seen in Playgirl magazine, I think, that I thought would be good to wear for motorcycling. No, really!

    So the thing arrives, and I start flipping through it. And the further back I go, the less the models are wearing. And they start posing with each other, and finally touching and showing affection. And then they're wearing kaftans (who remembers those?), and thongs and super-skimpy bikini underwear & swimwear. Finally I got to the jewelry pages, and sex aids, and at last I figured it out... DUH!

    I bought a few of their underwear items, truly for motorcycling, but also kept the catalogs for my JO fantasies. I don't get IM anymore, or anything in the mail, but for a time that constituted my gay fantasies, along with Playgirl magazines.
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    Aug 31, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    MsclDrew saidMy suggestion would be to just subscribe to it, you get it cheaper than in the stores, Outside major cities you don't have to risk them not having it and it arrives in a sealed envelope and no one has to know

    The most I ever subscribed to was "International Male" catalog. It came with a paper sealer on the edge in the 1970s, so it couldn't be opened before delivery, but no wrapper. Though a few times it arrived with the seal broken, and I wondered who at the Post Office had been looking at it.

    I had honestly ordered it because I became interested in its underwear ads I had seen in Playgirl magazine, I think, that I thought would be good to wear for motorcycling. No, really!

    So the thing arrives, and I start flipping through it. And the further back I go, the less the models are wearing. And they start posing with each other, and finally touching and showing affection. And then they're wearing kaftans (who remembers those?), and thongs and super-skimpy bikini underwear & swimwear. Finally I got to the jewelry pages, and sex aids, and at last I figured it out... DUH!

    I bought a few of their underwear items, truly for motorcycling, but also kept the catalogs for my JO fantasies. I don't get IM anymore, or anything in the mail, but for a time that constituted my gay fantasies.
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    Aug 31, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    I subscribe to Instinct magazine and get it in the mail. it used to come wrapped, but when they started offering it mailed unsealed as a way to save paper and plastic, I signed up and was at the box a couple of times when the mailperson came and the mag was there. Didn't bat an eye and I don't care honestly. Honestly, the only time I was ever embarrassed had to be when I first started going to the local gay bookstore and was a bit squeamish when I came out to the car and traffic was sitting at a red light right in front of the store. Got over that very quickly. haha.
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    Aug 31, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
    I don't really read much besides US Weekly, but when I did buy gay mags, it didn't bother me.

    It's my experience that most people are too busy thinking about themselves to really pay much attention to what anyone else is doing. And if they do pay attention... they forget about it moments afterward.
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    Aug 31, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    Many years ago I was in an adult bookstore and bought a copy of a older Playboy a co-worker had said he was looking for. (It was about the boxer, Jake LaMatta's, {sp} wife posing at the age of 50. I gotta say she was hot for her age, but even then I couldn't have cared less about it...those things never titilated me...pun unintended).
    I left it at the counter with the f-ugly male cashier while I browsed the adult toys. {In our area, all adult mags had to be wrapped in saran-wrap-like material back then} I bought the mag, took it to the office where I unwrapped it to look at to see what the fuss was all about before I gave it to my co-worker.
    I saw a note stuck in between 2 pages and read it. "I think you are so sexy! Come back this evening about 6pm and I'll lock the doors." Mr. F-ugly had unwrapped it, stuck the note in it, and then wrapped it again! Uggh!
    Needless to say, I never went back there again.

    Today, if I see a mag I want, I buy it. No one blinks an eye in our region at what you purchase. WV is a rather tolerant state....live and let live. We have a population of 50,000 and 3 gay bars. :-)
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    Aug 31, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    Is this the one?
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    Those are so NOT the sexiest men alive.


    Looks who's inside....
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  • SirEllingtonB...

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    Aug 31, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    I bought the latest DNA sports issue and am not AT ALL embarrassed about purchasing it... I figure if I leave it around my dorm, my roommates will get the picture rather than me having to be like yeah... I like to look at half-naked men. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 31, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    They stock the magazine on the shelves. They sell a few of them or they wouldn't carry it. To you, it may feel like the cashier is making note of you for buying it, but to them, it's just another purchase.

    Besides, as someone else posted, if it's a cute cashier it might be a good way to break the ice and take a read on him.
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    Aug 31, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
    Here in the UK, any newsagents or bookstores would have on the shelf, GAY.
    I'm far too embarrassed to be seen standing next to it, let alone browsing.
    The only time I browsed at such a shelf was at the departure lounge at Heathrow, waiting for the boarding call for the flight to Singapore.
    And oh yes, I did browse a little at a New York City bookstore in 8th Avenue...
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    Aug 31, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    No, i always go to the counter with a smile with a huge cock on the front page.
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    Aug 31, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
    Meh, doesn't bother me at all though I'm not typically into gay magazines. I have bought a copy of DNA once to read on the plane and no one around me seemed to have a problem either. Though I think I'll have to pick up that copy of DNA, looks nice icon_smile.gif

    Also, remember this is an Australian publication so "Hottest men" may have a different perspective to Americans as to what Aussies might consider Hot. icon_smile.gif