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The Masculine Marine: Homoeroticism in the U.S. Marine Corps (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies) Paperback – September 11, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1560238744 ISBN-10: 1560238747 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Harrington Park Press; 1 edition (September 11, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560238747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560238744
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Masculine Marine: Homoeroticism In The U. S. Marine Corps dissects the complexities of military hypergender. Steven Zeeland elicits astonishingly candid responses from a diverse sampling of Marines to questions about aspects of this rarely documented subculture. Their answers shed light on homoerotic bonding among Marines, hazing and institutional violence, sexual stereotypes of Marines in gay culture, how gay Marines reconcile their sexual identity with the ethos of "hard" Marine supermasculinity, Marines in all-male pornography, how Marines feel about being viewed as sex objects, and male attitudes about women in the Marine Corps. Interwove throughout The Masculine Marine is the author's own personal narrative of how he came to know Marines. The Masculine Marine is a ground-breaking, seminal work that will be of great interest to the gay community and the student of the contemporary military subculture. -- Midwest Book Review

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It really is another world.
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The book is full of fascinating anecdotes and observations, both from Zeeland and his interviewees.
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Whew!!!....ok I'm off my soap box...So in a nutshell...buy this book.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By D. Sinclair on January 31, 2001
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Military homophobia has always been somewhat of a paradox. Sex between soldiers is officially strictly forbidden, unofficially tolerated (as long as it does not become public knowledge and the 'offenders' retain their official heterosexual identity), and unconsciously encouraged, by forcing men to live together in close quarters without any substantial privacy, by limiting their access to female partners and by promoting close friendships.
That is the reason why military life is a favourite subject of gay pornography, and the military subconscious is keenly aware of it. But consciously, the policy remains "dont' ask, don't tell." Sex, love and relationships between service members remain taboo, and are officially grounds for dismissal.
Yet behind the veil of denial and secrecy, there is a small but thriving gay culture within the military. Zeeland has made it his life's work to study this culture, both in theory and in practice - which is to say he has sex with servicemen and then asks them for their life's story. The stories he has so elicited are candid, but do not go into too much sexual detail.
The present volume is devoted to the Marine Corps, and it explores the interaction between gay male sexualty and the psychological setup of the marines: hyper-masculinity, elite consciousness and unconditional obedience. It shows how gay marines manage to live under the threat of discovery and dismissal, and hold up to the double pressure of having to hide the secret of being gay in the high-pressure environment of the Marine Corps.
This book is a serious psychological study and affords greater insight into military homophobia than well-considered outside accounts. It is erotic at times, but not pornographic. If that's what you are looking for, look elsewhere.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1998
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Zeeland is an extraordinarily skillful and intimate interviewer who makes you feel like the only people in the room are the Marine and the interviewer ... and the reader. He asks the questions I want to ask these military men and you can tell he is thoroughly enjoying his work. Too bad our society can't handle the truth he uncovers by talking to these guys. This book should be on the Commandant's Reading List -- required reading by all Marines!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ummm.....yeah on October 18, 2005
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My first encounter with this book was back in high school, I was still struggling with my sexuality and desperately trying to find anyone and anything to identify with. On my many trips to the local library I would secretly browse the Gay and Lesbian section and scan the books in hopes of being able to find something to tell me I wasnt alone. I many times ended up with this novel in my hands and religiously studied it untill the library closed. With not much in my future but mediocre jobs and a lifetime of 9-5 ratraces. I decided to join the Marine Corps despite the fact that I knew I was gay and the military's strict guidance on homosexuality.Against the wishes of my mother and father I enlisted and was shipped off to MCRD San Diego. Flash forward 2 1/2 yrs as I write this review. From personal experience I can assure you that the experiences in this book are very commonplace and widespread.Durning my time in 2 duty stations in the states and abroad, I've infiltrated not only the dominate male-ruled secular society of the Marine Corps. but the other subculture of gay marines ( and sailors )that many would like to think does not exist. From privates to the higest ranks Ive had the pleasure of meeting some of the most model Marines who in any other case would be idolized as the picture perfect war hero. Little do most civilains and of course straight Marines know of the underground network that connects the gay service members. Yes, male bonding is very much encouraged durning and after bootcamp, more so that any outsider would be shocked to learn of the excact extent we go to in order to create this bond. Any readers who truly is intersted in learning of this subculture without a voice should pick up this book for a glimpse in the lives of many Marines.Read more ›
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2000
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I'm a Marine myself and I found this book a real description of the life of a gay man in the U.S. Marine Corps.I liked the stories and the way that Zeeland leads the conversations.The only thing I didn't like was that he didn't get the best of each interview and it lacks some intimacy at some point.Nevertheless it's a great book and after read it you will want to read it again and again.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on January 25, 2006
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In "The Masculine Marine: Homoeroticism in the U.S. Marine Corps," author Steven Zeeland offers a compelling alternate view of one of the United States' most revered and recognizable institutions. An "About the Author" note identifies Zeeland as a Research Associate at the Center for Research and Education in Sexuality at San Francisco State University. The heart of the book is a series of revealing interviews that Zeeland conducted with several Marines. His interviewees include both gay and straight men, and one woman Marine; he also includes both officers and enlisted men. Particularly interesting is an interview with a gay Black Navy officer who previously had been an enlisted Marine and who, at the time of the interview, was involved in an interracial relationship with a Marine corporal.

Among the many themes covered in the book are Marine tattoos, the "gays-in-the-shower" issue, Marine attitudes about physical fitness and body image, the role of women Marines in the Corps, boot camp experiences, the "selling" of the Corps through advertising, gay relationships, the "coming out" experience, defining masculinity, and the parallel between Marine self-presentation and that of drag queens. A particularly important theme is the unique reputation and mystique of the Corps; in his introduction, Zeeland notes that "Marineness is like a religion." Specific male-on-male sex practices engaged in by Marines are frankly discussed and provocatively analyzed. The book also looks at homoerotic rituals and language of the Corps. The historical backdrop for the book includes the Gulf War, U.S. intervention in Somalia, and the beginning of the Clinton presidency.
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