It is of course somewhat startling to see the events of one's own lifetime described as "history," but it is even more surprising to read admiring
, uncritical accounts of the radical movements of that era.
Later on, we start identifying and admiring
some other heroes, real-life heroes, perhaps leaders.
Writer Michael Joseph Gross states, "Some would argue, not without reason, that admiring
jocks such as Billy Bean signals some discomfort with the essential queerness of gay life." Boy, if it isn't crapola like this statement that kept me a "closeted" football and basketball fan as a young kid, because I knew I was probably gay from an early age and was under the impression that the typical gay kid "didn't like" or was "too queer" for sports--be it as a participant or merely as a spectator and fan.
(Yet, like most of the Romantics, Newlin leans toward admiring
Satan rather than repudiating him.) Under the topic of religion, "the deeply troubled and divided attitude of Romantic writers toward religious authority can be seen to emerge as much through the amplification of Miltonic ambiguity as through revisionary misreading"(7).
Here was masculine beauty, and I was admiring
it full on.
They hiked around their favorite pond, admiring
the water and drinking in the soothing sound of leaves rustling in the breeze.
Many heterosexual men like being physically admired by other guys, especially if the guy doing the admiring
isn't a competitive threat or overtly acknowledging the sexual charge.
a hunk on the beach, he sighs, "I wish God had given me a six-pack." "He did," someone else says.