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Male Impersonators: Men Performing Masculinity Hardcover – April, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0304328062 ISBN-10: 0304328065

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304328065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304328062
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,308,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is queer theory without the jargon and is a must for anyone interested in things male.
Choice

Simpson pulls the pants off popular culture and wittily winks at the Freudian symbols lurking beneath. Arnie's rumpsteak in cute combat cut-offs, Markey Mark as the Calvin Klein kid, Elivis's pomaded pompadour, Tom Cruise's baseball bat--there's a homo-erotic panto playing near you..
The Modern Review

Discussions of masculinity have hitherto been characterized by a timid tone of pious apology--here at last is the antidote to that all-too-sombre debate. Sharp, astute and decidedly spunky, Simpson's essays are guaranteed to amuse, provoke and illuminate..
–Andy Medhurst, University of Sussex --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
One of the most interesting - and funniest - books I've ever read, and certainly by far the best on masculinity. I especially enjoyed the masterpiece chapter on the movie 'Top Gun' which completely convincingly interprets it as a gay movie and shows how Cruise's real interest is Val Kilmer not Kelly McGillis.
Shortly after this book was published Quentin Tarantino appeared in a film called 'Sleep With Me' arguing this exact point. I wonder if he had a copy of Simpson's book in his dressing-room?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann W. Herendeen on March 17, 2012
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...and "femininity" is still dangerous.

I can't add much to the (deserved) glowing reviews for this collection of essays that is now 18 years old and as radical, relevant and challenging to unreflective fashionable opinions as when it first appeared. Simpson understands men and writes honestly about them in ways that so many writers can't or won't.

As other reviewers have mentioned--and it still bears repeating: Simpson's most important message may be that gay men are men and same-sex orientation is just one way of being a man, of being "masculine," out of many equally "masculine" ways of being.

Simpson's embrace of Freudian theory holds up well and is an excellent support for his arguments. Rather than feeling outdated, the references and ideas come across as refreshing and thought-provoking. For this reader, whose only familiarity with Freud is pop culture's oversimplification bordering on ridicule, Simpson's clear explication of Freud's ideas, and his convincing way of using them to analyze male attitudes and behavior, is an enticing introduction that made me want to read the original.

My favorite chapter was the last, "Popular men: manly and unmanly," which includes an analysis of the brilliant comedy team Laurel and Hardy and their films from the 1920s and 30s. Simpson shows that the homoerotic elements in the comedy are both genuinely "sexual," as some gay activists have claimed, and at the same time "innocent." The sweetness in the humor is perhaps the last remnant of a time when same-sex love could hide in plain sight under the guise of comedy, and when love between men did not necessarily imply "buggery-pokery," as Simpson so delightfully calls it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
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`These smashingly provocative essays by the spunky Brit writer Mark Simpson... detonate myths, stereotypes and icons, gay as well as straight. The psycho-social line separating homo and hetero maleness, he fulsomely shows, is much fuzzier than Robert Bly and Pat Buchanan find it to be.'
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
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`This set of high-spirited essays displays more insight into the masculine mystique than has the decade of earnest men's studies that preceded it. Simpson has an unerring eye for the inner logic and pretences of a wide range of masculine enterprises and symbols. ` - Choices
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By Ricardo on July 24, 2013
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Male impersonators gives a cultural approach about masculinity, limited in some ways to North America's pop culture. The author shares different points of view, easy to read.
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We have all seen female impersonatorsit, but when have we seen the male impersonators? And what if the males being impersonated were done by women, but instead femme men? It's a world most of us never dreamed existed. Those of us who are crossdressers in real life have suddenly found a fasinating slice of life we never dreamed of. A must read! dianefromcarroll@yahoo.com
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More About the Author

Brit author and journalist Mark Simpson is credited with 'fathering' the metrosexual in the UK's Independent newspaper in 1994 (and also his hairy-backed anti-thesis the retrosexual).

Simpson introduced his insufferably pretty offspring to the US in 2002, naming David Beckham as the prime exemplar.

In 2010 the global cool-hunting/trend-spotting website Science of the Time described him as 'the world's most perceptive writer about masculinity'.

Both the New York Times and The London Times acclaimed his saucy new concept of 'Sporno' ('the place where sport and porn meet and produce a spectacular money shot') as one of their 'Ideas of the Year'.

In 2008 GQ Russia listed him - topless and oiled up - in their top ten Things That Changed Men's Lives, above Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sigmund Freud and even Biotherm Homme.

Mark Simpson is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including: Saint Morrissey ('Funny, clever, honest, irreverent and egotistical: Simpson is quite the match for Morrissey' - Independent), Sex Terror ('Magnificent... Open Simpson's book anywhere you like as often as you like and you'll find gem-like sentences Zadie Smith would give her white teeth for' Independent on Sunday), and Male Impersonators ('Brilliant' - Observer).

What the critics say about Mr Simpson:

"SIMPSON WRITES WITH ENOUGH PANACHE TO MAKE MOST OF HIS PEERS TOSS THEIR LAPTOPS INTO THE WASTE DISPOSAL AND WEEP" - Simon Price, Independent on Sunday

"THE GAY ANTI-CHRIST" - Vogue

"I ALMOST HATE TO AGREE WITH ANYTHING HE SAYS" - London Review of Books

"AN AMUSED, DETACHED VOLTAIRE" - Independent on Sunday

"ERUDITE, INCISIVE, SASSY... FRESH, HILARIOUS" - Publishers Weekly

"ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST WRITERS AROUND" - Time Out

"BRILLIANTLY BUCCANEERING" - Spectator

"SERIOUSLY FUNNY" - Scotland On Sunday

"SPUNKY'" - Lambda Book Report