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Self help for the "A" gay
on 3 December 2013
This appears to be a book aimed at successful (for which read very wealthy) gay men. Although there are some valid, but hardly original, observations about the closet, what really annoyed me about this book was some of the stereotypes and generalizations. Not to mention, the attitude to secretaries and assistants! "Kyle hated his job...he was little more than a secretary to an executive assistant", which is later described as a "dead end job"! (pp.93-94).
What Mr Downs fails to realize is that this kind of attitude to secretaries, PAs and assistants is exactly that of many a man (not all) in "a straight man's world". And sadly some women who feel they have to match these kind of men to be respected in the business world. There are many gay male secretaries, and often behind every powerful man, is a good gay male secretary. Of course, we don't do such important "work" as therapy, nor have such a fat wallet, but please give us all a little more credit.