September 26, 2003

One of the greatest mysteries in the world to me is why this product didn’t become the thing every gay man in the world had to have. In fact, it seems never actually to have been made available at all.

And yet we have Freedom Rings.

There is no justice in the world.

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6 Responses to One of the greatest mysteries

  1. Shyboy says:

    I stumbled across this product some years back. Discussing it with friends, someone brought up the fact that it would be an ideal tool for queerbashers, and we sort of lost interest.

    But from time to time I’ve pondered whether something similar, maybe built in to a mobile phone, might be fun and useful.

  2. matt says:

    I have this fantasy of two gangs of queerbashers using these to find victims and, as a result, kicking the shit out of each other.

    But I very much doubt your average basher is that sophisticated. It’s one thing to hang around the local park looking for trouble, quite another to do in-depth research. That’s the province of *serious* bad guys, and there’s little point worrying about them, because (a) they are few and far between and (b) if they really want to fuck you up, they will, gaydar or no.

    All that aside, it’s almost certain that something isomorphic to this will be available in mass-market consumer devices within the next 18 months or so (most of the necessary functionality is already in your pocket). It won’t be presented as such, but once the facility exists it’s a dead cert to be used for exactly this purpose (among others).

  3. Wayne says:

    er? my Inate gay dar works so very well now days. Weird. I just need something to warn me about the gaybashers… hrm.. I need gaybasher dars.

  4. Convivia says:

    The damn heterosexual Japanese commandeered it, is all. Check this out.

  5. Nat says:

    Do people who live in Manhattan actually WEAR freedom rings???

  6. Wayne says:

    uh, I don’t have a freedom ring.. should I get one?


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