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Gay Masculinities (SAGE Series on Men and Masculinity) 1st Edition
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Unlike many other anthologies where a large chuck of the contributions are only tangential to the topic at hand, in every chapter here, masculinity is consistently brought up. I felt that this book was fairly accessible, but the academic and heavily sociological tone may turn off some readers.
This book tries hard to be inclusive. Though about gay men's masculinity, it brings up women, feminine gay men, and even straight men. Unlike much work that can only investigate one axis of identity, this book brings up age, class, and race well. It has impressive works on Latino and Asian-American gay men. However, I was disappointed that there was no chapter on black gay men. Some readers may be disappointed that bisexual men are not really covered here and that gay men are consistently contrasted with straight men as if the two categories were exhaustive. Chapters discussed populations in Spokane, Southern California, and Texas. With the exception of New York City, this book seemed very West Coast-focused. That's probably due to the editor's residence, but the point is that this book's conclusions might not be true all over the nation.
This book was a decent mix of men's studies, gay studies, and sociology.
In another chapter its writer concludes that some gay men actually think they basically don't differ from straight men just because of their difference in sexual orientation. Now that's something that should be emphasised, but the whole collection of essays seems to be rather about how gay men are somehow special or different while straight men are all the good old emotionless blokes.
Another funny thing was when in a chapter its writer complained that there are some gay men who object to a link of feminism and the gay rights movement or try to prove they are not chauvinistic when she thinks they obviously are. I thought that made the whole intentions of her article clear.Read more ›