Gay Men And Body Image

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The purpose of this dissertation was to extend the literature on gay men and theoretical perspectives on body image. To accomplish this goal, this dissertation was composed of three inter-related components: (1) a content analysis of more than 1,500 photographic images from four decades of the highest circulation magazines targeted to gay men, The Advocate and Out; (2) a series of in-depth interviews investigating how 15 gay men make comparisons to mediated images and the ways in which they contend with body ...
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Overview

The purpose of this dissertation was to extend the literature on gay men and theoretical perspectives on body image. To accomplish this goal, this dissertation was composed of three inter-related components: (1) a content analysis of more than 1,500 photographic images from four decades of the highest circulation magazines targeted to gay men, The Advocate and Out; (2) a series of in-depth interviews investigating how 15 gay men make comparisons to mediated images and the ways in which they contend with body image-related issues in their everyday lives; and (3) an experiment that assessed how blame and stigma are attributed to individuals suffering from body dissatisfaction. The results of the content analysis showed that from 1967 to 2008, photographic images of male bodies in The Advocate and Out became thinner and more muscular. Images were significantly thinner and more muscular than photographic images of men from magazines not targeted to gay men. The findings of the in-depth interviews revealed that the gay men in my sample compared themselves to media images of male bodies, especially during the coming out process. Many reported body dissatisfaction and a decrease in self-esteem as a result of such comparisons. The experiment demonstrated that men with body dissatisfaction may be blamed and stigmatized for their conditions. Male respondents were especially likely to attribute blame and stigma to men with body dissatisfaction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781243665430
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/7/2011
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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