Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Symbols & Objects

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Diving Board

In the story "Forever Overhead," the adolescent boy's decision to go on the high dive at the community pool is a test that he sets up for himself, to see how far his new masculinity has developed.

Page 18 of the Victoria's Secret catalogue

In the story "Think," the husband who is being seduced notes that the woman's "expression is from Page 18 of the Victoria's Secret catalogue" (72). This is a reference to the woman's over-practiced idea of sexuality, an attempt to re-create sex portrayed in popular media instead of genuinely pursuing her own passions.

Satin restraints

In "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2)," Subject #48 describes how he enjoys the process of asking dates of his if they would like to be tied up on his bed, and then proceeding to use "satin restraints" to do so (100-115). At the end of Subject #48's interview, we learn that...

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