Gay Masculinities

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How do gay men respond to controlling notions of masculinity in society and stereotypes of gay sexuality? This book explores the ways in which gay men in the United States engage in, contest and modify these notions and develop a sense of masculine identity. The book examines the creation of identity through the everyday lives of gay men: their work; home; community; and relationships.

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Sociologists and psychologists explore how contemporary gay men in the US engage in, contest, and modify controlling notions of masculinity. Among their perspectives are instrumentality and intimacy in gay men's friendships with straight men, domestic violence and the pursuit of masculinity, religion and masculinity in Latino gay lives, and HIV- positive men and the buff agenda. Some focus on particular groups, including working-class, Asian-American, Latino, and female impersonators. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
1. "Anything for a Sis, Mary": An Introduction to Gay Masculinities 1
Part 1 Masculinities in Gay Relationships
2. Seeking Sexual Lives: Gay Youth and Masculinity Tensions 12
3. "One of the Guys": Instrumentality and Intimacy in Gay Men's Friendships With Straight Men 44
4. Gay Male Domestic Violence and the Pursuit of Masculinity 66
Part 2 Masculinities in Everyday Gay Life
5. Risk and Masculinity in the Everyday Lives of Gay Men 83
6. Religion and Masculinity in Latino Gay Lives 101
7. Masculinity in the Age of AIDS: HIV-Seropositive Gay Men and the "Buff Agenda" 130
8. Queer Sexism: Rethinking Gay Men and Masculinity 152
Part 3 Masculinities in Diverse Gay Groups
9. Masculinity Among Working-Class Gay Males 176
10. Asian American Gay Men's (Dis)claim on Masculinity 206
11. Entre Hombres/Between Men: Latino Masculinities and Homosexualities 224
12. Gay Female Impersonators and the Masculine Construction of "Other" 247
Author Index 269
Subject Index 275
About the Editor and Contributors 283
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