They remained, instead, fantasy worlds I’d inhabit whenever I needed any kind of release.
While outwardly preaching pride, I found myself still repressing and feeling shame at the sex-positive (if not outrightly promiscuous-laden) sensibility I so easily gravitated to online, choosing instead to cordon it off.
He knows what he’s looking for and is all too happy to click away from any man who may not fit what he covets. Shrouded in a darkened movie theater, I felt the pang of recognition.
I’d been Frankie, toying with different angles to better show off my body, aiming for the kind of standoffish allure that suggested more could be elicited and demanded should you know how best to ask.
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Naked, a Netflix original film, is directed by Mike Tiddes (A Haunted House 1 and 2, Fifty Shades of Black) and stars Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, A Haunted House 1 and 2, Fifty Shades of Black).
This allows him to blend in more, but it also helps craft an iconic gay male object of desire: When cruising men along the water, Frankie is a late ’90s vision of those ambling hustlers along another very different New York City waterfront.
The degree to which Frankie compartmentalizes his online sexual exploits, keeping them so clearly isolated from both his family (he’s set up his computer in his basement and not in his own bedroom upstairs) and his friends (who think he’s a ladies’ man through and through), would have felt near-pathological had I not been such an adept practitioner of it myself.He’s a shapeshifting creature looking for what best to emulate to make sure he goes about his day unperturbed. He’s on the lookout for other men like him, not just to lust after them, but to make sure his own body is not legible.The anthropological indexing he masters online is put to good use when out and about in his Brooklyn neighborhood.I’d also been the men Frankie chatted with—some all too eager and hungry for what was under his shirt, others more savvy, knowing his coyness was a screening mechanism that required careful disassembly, and others still whose flagrant exhibitionism didn’t require his engagement. I hadn’t encountered a character quite like Frankie before.Throughout Hittman’s film, his wandering eyes are constantly cruising and surveying.