R U Looking?: A Guide to Navigating Gay Dating

R U Looking?: A Guide to Navigating Gay Dating

by Selrach Smith


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ISBN-13: 9781475974560
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

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R U Looking?: A Guide to Navigating Gay Dating 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
michellehunter More than 1 year ago
My review of R U Looking? A Guide to Navigating Gay Dating, written by Selrach Smith. Selrach Smith does an excellent job creating a step by step guide to dating in the gay community. The book is filled with rich examples from Smith’s personal experiences as well as an account of his friends’ adventures. R U Looking? is a refreshing take on the dating scene in New York City with many advice and concepts that can be applied to any city, suburb or small town. The author is gay, but after reading this book, I feel anyone can relate to the many stories that are illustrated. It’s always nice to read a book that is well rounded and can reach all types of people from all walks of life. Smith is extremely informative on the topic of dating, but knows how to insert humor to keep the reader hooked. This book can be labeled under the genre of gay relationships/memoir, but humor and comedy is meshed exquisitely throughout its contents. I really appreciated the use of pop culture that was trickled perfectly in the right places. Some of the statements spoke directly to me. For instance the few references of the Kardashians, I personally still don’t know what the huge deal is with them. Making reference to The Nanny’s character and how her appearance “screamed I’m available!”, was one of my favorite quotes. Smith also does an elegant job of being able to switch the humor off and cover more serious issues as well. He was brave to tackle the online dating issues, but at the same time illustrating how useful of a tool it could be if utilized correctly. The seriousness of HIV/AIDs was covered and the promotion of safe sex was appropriately emphasized. One of the discussions that were interesting and informative was the masculinity issues among gay men. Smith had mentioned there is a need for gay men to appear “masculine” on their online profiles or even sounding masculine while talking in public. And when you finally meet this person they could be or most likely are the opposite. I never knew that this was an issue and it is extremely interesting to read why. Another interesting discussion was the whole role issue. There is a need to identify that in the beginning of a possible relationship to discover compatibility. Smith knows his stuff and wants to cut out any unnecessary time. There were times during the book I felt self-help was in play. Smith took the time and care to reach the reader by giving advice on attitude, finding your passions in life, adjusting professions to match your goals, self- confidence and searching for what you want in life. Even if I was not looking for advice on specifically dating, there is an education on the sense of self that was given as a gift from this book. The author has obviously poured his soul into this book with very few filters. If I had to state one criticism, maybe he could have used some filters for a couple of choice words. But that could also illustrate how honest and colorful of a writer Smith is. I am very happy I came across this book and would recommend it to anyone who is either getting into the dating scene, or just want to receive some common sense advice on life. Michelle Hunter