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The Masculine Marine: Homoeroticism in the U.S. Marine Corps (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies) 1st Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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I have to admit I stumbled across this title by doing a "google" search...and it wasn't a book I was looking to find. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ex-Buyer
Sometime around 1993 or 1994 I came across a copy of Steven Zeeland's book Barracks Buddies and Soldier Lover. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by CP
I love every book Steven Zeeland has done. I have them all, I will never give them away. In fact if I had to take any books on an island or be buried with, it would be his. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by So. Calif book reader
For every gay person who ever thought about going into the service but decided not too, this is probably what we missed. It really is another world. Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by Robert S. Lemons
The most interesting part of this book for me was the idea that Marines in many ways are in reverse drag - the uniforms, the meticulous attention to detail about image and... Read morePublished on July 29, 2005 by Charles Sutherland
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. Read morePublished on June 22, 2000