A new study says music taste is shaped more by broader cultural norms and codes than our own specific melodic preferences.
Often times, the things we get most excited about have nothing to do with ourselves. This seemingly unselfish tendency in an increasingly self-absorbed society may seem shocking, but popular culture has us at its feet.
This would at least begin to explain why, as a teenager, I wrinkled my nose up at most of the alternatives to my narrow range
It's not just the implied homophobia of snap judgments about the music taste of gay men that troubles me. It's also the blatant disregard of all the evidence to the contrary. Gay men are judged collectively and negatively on enough things. Why must their taste in music be yet another one of them?