Peter Hennen's Faeries, Bears, and Leathermen: Men in Community Queering PDF

By Peter Hennen

ISBN-10: 0226327272

ISBN-13: 9780226327273

ISBN-10: 0226327280

ISBN-13: 9780226327280

Over time, male homosexuality and effeminacy became indelibly linked, occasionally even synonymous. In Faeries, Bears, and Leathermen, Peter Hennen contends that this stigma of effeminacy exerts a robust effect on homosexual subcultures. via a comparative ethnographic research of 3 groups, Hennen explores the astonishing ways in which traditional masculinity is being jointly challenged, subverted, or perpetuated in modern homosexual male culture.

Hennen’s colourful research makes a speciality of a trio of teams: the unconventional Faeries, who parody effeminacy via playfully embracing it, wearing promenade attire and glitter; the Bears, who attempt to seem like “regular men” and have a good time their better, hairier our bodies; and the Leathermen, who emulate hypermasculine biker tradition, at the same time reminiscent of and undermining notions of manliness. in addition to a historic research of the organization among effeminacy and homosexuality, Hennen examines how this connection impacts the teams’ sexual practices. eventually, he argues, whereas all 3 teams undertake cutting edge techniques to gender matters and sexual excitement, masculine norms proceed to constrain individuals of every community.

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