A New York Times article ‘explaining’ the phenomenon of twinks to straight readers—and saying that many of today’s twinks are straight—has been met with ridicule from the LGBTI community.
In ‘Welcome to the Age of the Twink’, journalist Nick Haramis explained twinks as “young, attractive, hairless, slim men”.
The article’s assertion that straight twinks now exist is what has drawn the most amused reactions.
“But the latest twinks—many of whom are straight—are what you might call ‘art twinks’, building upon an aesthetic legacy established by Ryan McGinley’s turn-of-the-millennium photographs of the sloppily skinny, or last decade’s leather-pant-clad Saint Laurent models chosen by the designer Hedi Slimane,” Haramis wrote.
He named young actors Tye Sheridan and Lucas Hedges as examples of the new ‘straight twink’ paradigm.
Social media users have made plenty of fun of the idea of ‘the age of the twink’.
“Is it like Mercury being in retrograde?” tweeted one person.
“Any gay with body hair who’s ever been on a dating app will tell you that it’s been the age of the twink for a very long time,” lamented another.
Others have ridiculed the idea of straight men calling themselves twinks.
“Straight people learning the words twink and bear has literally been the worst thing to happen to gay culture in the past decade,” posted one person.
“Straight men can have the word ‘twink’ when they pry it from my cold dyke hands,” said another.
Regardless of the existence of straight twinks, Haramis wrote that the mainstream embrace of a smaller, thinner male body type in pop culture could be something of an antidote for toxic masculinity and body image issues in a community that often fetishises muscular physiques.
“[As] women continue to use their voices to undo that legacy of toxic masculinity, a different kind of change is taking place from within the culture,” he said.
“These twinks, after all, aren’t just enviably lean boys or the latest unrealistic gay fantasy, but a new answer to the problem of what makes a man.”
if you liked THE AGE OF THE TWINK, you're gonna love the sequel, TWINKFINITY WAR pic.twitter.com/j4sM9CnW1z
— Adam Moussa (@adamjmoussa) May 14, 2018
I'm just so glad THE AGE OF THE TWINK is no longer just a question at a Bryan Singer deposition.
— Guy Branum (@guybranum) May 14, 2018
good morning today we are getting mad about twinks.
Please do not call yourself a twink if you are straight. pic.twitter.com/rgksjQJEfa
— Dais' The Best. Pizza (@thegoodolddais) May 14, 2018
what the fuck does "age of the twink" MEAN
like i know what each word means individually but all together i can't comprehend
— Scar (@ScarBH) May 14, 2018
Straight men can have the word “twink” when they pry it from my cold dyke hands.
— Janine Brito (@janinebrito) May 14, 2018
So what’s the deal with the age of the twink? Is it like mercury being in retrograde?
— John Coons (@JohnMCoons) May 14, 2018
any gay with body hair who’s ever been on a dating app will tell you that it’s been the age of the twink for a very long time https://t.co/bZu4NsNykI
— Louis Staples (@LouisStaples) May 14, 2018
straight people learning the words twink and bear has literally been the worst thing to happen to gay culture in the past decade
— aristotle (@frijoIero) May 14, 2018
gay guys, jokingly: this straight guy is a twink
straight people: oh so that's what it means! got it, thanks! HEY EVERYONE–
— 🙊🌺 (@rodiimus) May 14, 2018