Gay Man's Worst Friend - the Story of Destroyer Magazine (book)

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Gay Man's Worst Friend - the Story of Destroyer Magazine by Karl Andersson is a book exposing the hypocrisy of the "gay liberation movement" and describing the Swedish reaction to his magazine Destroyer. He demonstrates how "political correctness" can be carried too far, and how certain feminist groups have made rational discussions about BoyLove and pederasty impossible in today's world.

  • Published by Entartetes Leben 2011.
  • Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Karl Andersson.
  • Originally published in Sweden in 2010 as Bögarnas värsta vän - historien om tidningen Destroyer. Translated from the Swedish by the author. This edition is slightly abridged compared to the Swedish original, and contains an extra chapter. The cover photo is a reprint from Thomas Böhme's photo book Jungen vor Zweitausend, Fliegenkopf-Verlag, 1998.
  • Printed in the Czech Republic 2011. First edition.
  • ISBN 978-91-633-6899-8
  • Publisher's site: entartetesleben.com

About the author

Karl Andersson (a young man--now 38 years old, 33 years old when he began publishing Destroyer) appears to be an (unofficial) Virtuous Pedophile (actually, more of a "Virtuous Pederast). He speaks of the beauty of adolescent boys' bodies, but claims to never have had sex with an adolescent, and that he never would. He denies being a "BoyLover" himself, and is critical of those who assume that he is one. He placed a link to ECPAT on the Destroyer magazine website "as a joke" he says.

"Ecpat is a Christian organisation which cares about “family values” rather than children, and therefore deserves to be made fun of, in my opinion. By placing their banner on Destroyer’s site, I knew Ecpat would see (as the banner was hosted on their servers) that one of their biggest “supporters” was Destroyer. Très fun, according to me. Maybe not according to Ecpat.[1]

This immediately caused a furor among BoyLovers who feared (apparently wrongly, but who is to know?) that his magazine was being used as a "sting" by LEO, and was a way to harvest postal addresses and credit-card numbers of BoyLovers. Apparently, the author was originally unaware of how LEO twist the laws about child pornography in the axis of evil countries in order to arrest BoyLovers. He makes light of the concerns of BoyLovers that they may have been exposing themselves to arrest, but then grudgingly admits that those concerned BoyLovers may have been correct about the dangers. All this on his part shows a certain lack of sensitivity. (see pp. 78-83 of the book)

In other words, he seems to have drunk the Kool-Aid served by the antis, or at least taken a few good swigs of it!

Book description from Amazon.com

The first issue of Destroyer magazine dropped like a bomb in May 2006. For the first time since the 1970s, a gay magazine dared to openly celebrate the beauty of the teenage boy, in words and pictures.
Reactions were fierce. The Swedish LGBT establishment cried out against the magazine, claiming it gave gay people a bad name. Neo-Nazis were just as upset, and the Ombudsman for Children demanded a change in the law to make the magazine illegal. A police investigation was instigated and Destroyer's editor Karl Andersson was summoned to an interrogation.
Gay Man's Worst Friend is not only the thrilling story of Europe's most controversial gay magazine, told from Stockholm, Prague and Berlin. It's also the story of the gay movement in the 21st century. The outraged reactions to Destroyer expose hidden power structures and show how gay identity has been steadily shrunk over recent decades, excluding ever more expressions of homosexuality.

Top Customer Reviews from Amazon.com

3.0 out of 5 stars
fascinating
  • By ling on April 1, 2013
I believe I read about Destroyer in a gay American publication. Then I started looking it up online, and actually bought one of the issues. And then I got the book. It raises a lot of issues on sexual boundaries. I think its a great book for anyone interested in gender studies or human sexuality related to sociology. I think Karl Andersson is pretty cool. He is obviously very smart and really ballsy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Destroyer. . . a male magazine's history.
  • By William Lance Lenon on August 3, 2014
This is a wonderful behind the scenes view of a very controversial all male erotic magazine called Destroyer. The text is wonderful, but there are no photos.

And then, of course, the following review (but you have to ask yourself: why did he give the book 2 stars?:

2.0 out of 5 stars
Self Serving
  • By John M davis on May 6, 2013
Don't waste your money buying this book.
Don't waste your time reading this book.
It is nothing more than 128 pages of a man justifying the publication of his controversial magazine.
Karl Andersson danced a fine line by combining legal gay porn and erotica with legal images and articles focused on males under the age of 18 years.
I felt this book was written by Karl Andersson for Karl Andersson.
I feel the book was published to line the pockets of Karl Andersson.

Contents

  • Preface! ................................................7
  • Man is beautiful! ....................................8
  • Apollo, Dionysus & the Boy! ................12
  • Destroyer 01! .......................................16
  • The Scandal! .........................................17
  • Pride & prejudice! .................................40
  • Destroyer 02! ........................................50
  • Interview with Oscar Swartz! .................51
  • Freak out!! ............................................52
  • Gay man's worst friend! ..........................59
  • Destroyer 03! .........................................69
  • Interview with Unni Drougge! ..................70
  • Endangering of youth's moral education! ...71
  • Destroyer 04! ..........................................76
  • Mentors & victims! ..................................77
  • Destroyer 05! ..........................................84
  • Interview with Marita Lindqvist! ...............85
  • The Sex radicals! .....................................86
  • Destroyer 06! ..........................................92
  • Interview with Bo I. Cavefors! .................93
  • Alles klar!! ..............................................94
  • Destroyer 07! ..........................................97
  • Interview with Johan Haza! .......................98
  • The Allure of radicalism! ...........................99
  • Destroyer 08! .........................................103
  • Interview with Aaron Eklöf! ....................104
  • Unethical, immoral & improper! ..............105
  • Destroyer 09! .........................................111
  • Interview with Daniel Björk! ....................112
  • Statistics! .................................................113
  • Destroyer 10! ..........................................118
  • The End! ..................................................119
  • Conclusion! ..............................................120
  • Bonus chapter: Reactions to the book release in Sweden! ...124

The author's decision to end the publishing of Destroyer

"The tenth issue of Destroyer was published in February 2010. Even before sending the fourth issue to print, in spring of 2007, I had decided to stop publishing Destroyer with the tenth issue – if I could hold out that long. I’m proud I did.

"There were several reasons why I wanted to end with the tenth issue.

"Firstly, I don’t consider myself an activist of any kind. I simply want to share my discoveries and theories, but when I have done so, I see no reason to repeat myself. My conclusions, for example about the gay movement, are there for everyone to share. My aim was never to convince anyone, but rather to share the ideas I had gathered through the books I had read on the subject. Or, as I put it in the last editorial, “to ignite a spark in other independent minds”.

"Secondly, I always looked upon Destroyer as a project with a beginning and an end. Bear in mind that I chose to share my views in the form of a magazine because it is, unlike a website, a limited format; the content is held between the covers. In the same way, the whole project was contained between the first and the last issue. With the tenth issue I closed the Destroyer project, thus making it as tangible as each issue of the magazine had been. The completeness of it is beautiful, so the completion of the project with the tenth issue was consistent with the magazine’s aim of succumbing to beauty.

"And moreover, I think that when you’ve done something for four years, it’s time to stop. The energy never dies, so I was curious to see what other means of expression it would take when I couldn’t divert it into making another issue of Destroyer. By the end of Destroyer, the magazine had become my main means of financial support. Each new issue provided money not only to print the next one, but also to support me. Financially, it would have been a good idea to continue the magazine. But that was never an option I considered – it was time to move on."[2]

References

  1. p.110 of the book
  2. p.119 of the book


See also

External links

  • Preview the book online in Google Books:
https://books.google.com/books?id=V7nBOhfkSdgC&printsec=frontcover&hl=en&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
  • Purchase the book online (including a Kindle edition, delivered immediately to your device):
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  • Gay Man's Worst Friend - the Story of Destroyer Magazine by Karl_Andersson -- Read online/download:
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