Sexy White Trash
The waters of sexual kink are murky. What we dredge up from our own horny depths may surprise us.
I was going to my gym last summer when I saw a slim, bare-chested young Caucasian man waiting for the bus and cussing into a cell phone. He had unruly blond hair, a wife-beater undershirt draped around his neck, a naked woman tattoo, and a fuck-you attitude.
I was instantly turned on. He wasn’t just white trash. He was white-hot trash.
I decided then and there to interview people in the gym. The Question: Is white trash sexy?
My gym is populated with Gay men whose looks range from suave nelly urbanite to rough trade. I asked 25 guys, and 22 of them gave me a cautious affirmative: white trash can be sexy.
One informant berated me for using the term. "’White trash’ is a terrible stereotype!" he said. " It is degrading and insulting. I never use it for anyone other than my closest relatives."
Another man enthusiastically approved of white trash, but only for a quicky. "Hit it and quit it," he advised.
I spent the next three days asking people at the bars and on the street The Question.
There was no consensus as to what exactly is white trash. It is not the same as "narrow-minded, bigoted redneck." Otherwise, Alan Keyes is white trash. It is not synonymous with "poor" or "blue collar." Living in a trailer park does not make one white trash. Neither do missing teeth.
The only universally agreed-upon characteristic is that white trash must be White. But not all Whites can be white trash. Jewish people cannot be white trash (but they can pretend). An Italian American friend of mine cautioned me against confusing "white trash" with "Guido." And white trash should never be confused with Euro-trash.
As one informant said, "you know white trash when you see it."
When asked who the patron saint of white trash would be, the most popular answer was either Pamela Anderson or Kid Rock. The overwhelming favorite was Kid Rock.
Some Gays go through a white trash phase. One man told me he would listen to Kid Rock with his buddies before fighting in a gas station parking lot. But he wore A&F to the rumble, which significantly lowered his white trash index.