I have never written to an editor before in the typical Letters to the Editor fashion, so I felt I had to choose a fair target to pick apart for my first time. That said, I chose to bash the editor who gives sex advice for the Hartford Advocate. I was also not the first person to write about this guy to the editor (see: Hartford Advocate: News – Letters to the Editor). The Hartford Advocate is a pretty easy target, it’s an alternative press with a less-than-orthodox pick list of stories each week and brash young crew of writers. Dan Savage, Advocate writer and sexual adviser to the masses really dishes out his two-cents in his section (see: Hartford Advocate: Leisure – Savage Love: 2/11/09), especially to straight people who he seemingly hates dealing with. Having only e-mailed the editor tonight, there’s not yet any response but here’s my e-mail.
I am not looking for the advice of Dan Savage for two reasons: I am not in need of sexual advice and if I were I wouldn’t ask this guy. I’ve read through several responses that Dan has given and I am surprised to find an editor for the Advocate with an actual prejudice air, in his case, against people with relatively conversative problems or toward heterosexuals in general. He gives alternative press a new meaning, alternative to respect and decency.
I think these advice/ask sections deserve a revamped structure for the online era. Why not open up each individual question & answer to public comments? An open dialogue may be better for everyone in that type of editorial.