- 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: 6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Masculine Marine: Homoeroticism in the U.S. Marine Corps (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies) 1st Edition
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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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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.
I will state is did ruin any and all fantasies I ever had about Marines, or had with Marines. Again another common threat was that Marines are for the most part only attracted to other "butch and manly" men--no femmes, but they seem to adore "drag queens" and seem to have no problem with them in any way, shape or form. There is also the whole "bottom" thing with Marines and their rational how they justify being a "bottom." There are numerous other areas where the answers to the questioned asked by Mr. Zeeland are common to each Marine.
What the book also shows is why the Marines are the best of all the branches of service--boot camp is unlike any other for the other branches and it appears to define a Marine for the rest of his life. The "brother hood" aspect is one area where I thought there would be consensus but there isn't. However they all do state that "once a Marine always a Marine."
The book was written in the 90s and is very much indicative of the time---it would be interesting to have Mr. Zeeland do a follow up contemporary book and see if any of these answers have changed, or if any of the views have changed.
I will just say that I read the book in one day and one sitting. I thought I would read a chapter or two here and there and read something else in between...I did not. The book does pull you in and once you get past the fact that if you were expecting pornography, this is not--I was unable to put it down. Great study of the psyche of Marines