Details Editor-in-Chief Dan Peres recently addressed the Columbia Journalism School regarding how his magazine is faring troubled publishing waters. "I wouldn't say robust but we're healthy," he reassured. More patent is Peres response to a question regarding Details' posture towards homosexuality:
"Mr. Peres personally apologized for a 2004 "Gay or Asian" installment of the former "Gay or ___" feature which angered both gaysandAsians. But the editor defended himself against charges that the magazine suffers from a latent homophobia, saying the magazine attacks stereotypes of all kinds, and that Details is for a particular type of reader who appreciates that approach. (see: I Said I'm Not Gay) 'I don't think we are making fun of gay men,' (see: Would You Really Be Okay With a Gay Baby?) said Mr. Peres. 'And if we do, it's no more or less than we make fun of straight men. (see: Is Straight the New Square?) Looking at cultural stereotypes in this country within the realm of masculinity is what we do, and it's what we do well,' he continued. see: Is Being Well Hung the Key to Happiness?)"
Whether Peres' stance is credible is up for debate. After all, who doesn't appreciate some good tongue and cheek? But "looking" at a stereotype walks a fine line before it becomes perpetuating. So tread lightly.