Masculinities in Theory: An Introduction

Masculinities in Theory: An Introduction

Todd W. Reeser

Language: English

Pages: 248

ISBN: 1405168609

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Masculinities in Theory is a clear, concise, and comprehensive introduction to the field of masculinity studies from a humanities perspective.  

  • Serves as a much-needed introduction to the field for students and scholars of cultural studies, literature, art, film, communication, history, and gender studies

  • Includes discussions of gay/queer, feminist, and gender studies in relation to masculinity

  • Covers the key theoretical approaches to the study of masculinity, and introduces new models

  • Explores the question ?What is masculinity and how does it work?? 

  • Looks at language, discourse, signification, power, cross-dressing, female, queer and transsexual masculinity, race and masculinity, nation and masculinity, interracial masculinities, and masculinities in history

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culture maintains its hold over blackness. If blackness remains in direct opposition to whiteness, both racial definitions can also more easily remain discrete and blackness in an inferior position in the hierarchical structure. So when masculinity is part of a binarism of any type, it may be so that it can be positioned on top of the binary and as the half of the opposition that has or should have power. This does not necessarily mean, however, that non­ masculinity does not contribute to gender

adulation might be seen as expressing a form of homoerotic desire . One of the reasons that identification with another man can be prob­ lematic is that it risks becoming or being viewed as desire for the rival. The idea that man X emulates man Y can never be fully separated from the threat that man X desires man Y. The issue here can be articulated as the threat of the inability to separate "identification" and "desire" from each other. A man identifies with another as someone whom he wants to

under­ neath the instabilities and maleness does not get complicated. Linear assumptions about sex and gender might even underlie what we think are complicated approaches to gender. The case in point might be when we talk about gender fluidity. We may know that a man can partially deviate from the sex/gender/desire teleology: he might have a gender that does not follow logically from his sex. If a man acts like a woman ( let'S say he is nurturing with his 2-year-old son) and if we call this

problem is that if sex is constructed by gender, then maleness does not have to be the exclusive domain of men. If the male body is not naturally imbued with sexed meaning, then the definition of maleness can in fact be changed. This poses a risk to male subjects who aim to maintain masculine hegemony. Sex may need to be an original and natural concept, and gender a deriva­ tive concept, for masculinity to function. In this way, a biological or natural superiority is accorded to masculinity as

instance). Alterity, then, can be thought of not as a single other, but as an analogical link, a racial and gendered other all in one. While race is my focus here, the double analogy can function in other ways as well, for instance with respect to sexuality, class, or (as we will see in the next chapter) nationality. Effeminacy and homosexuality, for instance, might be merged forms of alterity for heterosexual masculinity, or the seem­ ingly effeminate nobleman might function as an other for

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