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Christian Lezzil: Winner

2013 Coverboy of the Year

Coverboy: Christian

Coverboy: Christian

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Lezzil’s book on stripping is very much informed by his classes in feminist theory and gender studies at Mason. The focus is more sober than erotic — more on the logistical and sociological sides of stripping than the sexual. ”I do touch on my sexual misadventures,” he explains, ”but not in a way that titillates. I kind of place it in a light that’s repulsive. It’s like dragging a club rat out into the pale, hungover morning.”

In any case, Lezzil’s so-called sexual misadventures include both male and female participants. ”[Secrets] is a gay club, so we’re all engaging in some sort of gay act,” he laughs. More specifically, when asked how he identifies, Lezzil says, ”I used to tell people I was bi. I found it a really exhausting title because it leaves opportunity for every schmo to come into your life and move you. But honestly, when it comes down to it, I don’t really see gender at all. … I wouldn’t feel comfortable identifying one way or the other. I think ‘pansexual’ is the term, but I don’t know if I agree with that either.”

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.