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Overview

In Male Impersonators, Mark Simpson explores the range of male life and masculinity, posing witty and important questions about bodybuilding, tattoos, pornography, cruising, advertising, and team sports. Simpson looks at how gay men appropriate the skinhead phenomenon and why; how Marky Mark exploits the hustler mystique and what it says to gay and straight men; how the Men's movement is being sought out by men—straight or gay—who feel alienated from a macho culture, and compares the participation and reactions of men to various "manly pursuits." Throughout, Male Impersonators examines the roles of homoeroticism and narcissism in the male world, and the performativity of masculinity itself.

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Perversions
MALE IMPERSONATORS QUICKLY REVEALS ITSELF TO BE DIFFERENT AND, ARGUABLY MORE INSIGHTFUL THAN MANY PREVIOUS “MASCULINITY BOOKS. MALE IMPERSONATORS MAKES A TIMELY AND EXEMPLARY ADDITION TO CULT STUD?S “RETURN TO FREUD”. IT HAS AN EXCELLENT READABILITY FACTOR COMPARED TO MANY OTHERS FREIGHTED WITH DULL WRITING.? PERVERSIONS
Stage & Television Today
A DEFT AND PERSUASIVE DISCUSSION ON THE SUBJECT.? STAGE AND TELEVISION TODAY
Lambda Book Report
THESE SMASHINGLY PROVOCATIVE ESSAYS BY THE SPUNKY BRIT WRITER MARK SIMPSON... DETONATE MYTHS, STEREOTYPES AND ICONS, GAY AS WELL AS STRAIGHT. THE PSYCHO-SOCIAL LINE SEPARATING HOMO AND HETERO MALENESS, HE FULSOMELY SHOWS, IS MUCH FUZZIER THAN ROBERT BLY AND PAT BUCHANAN FIND IT TO BE.? LAMBDA BOOK REPORT
Booknews
Examines the crisis of masculinity as a crisis of looking and looked-at-ness, a punctuation of manly images in film, rock and roll, pornography, advertising, and sports. Explores the search for and the selling of manly seeming, in terms of the masochism of bodybuilding, homoeroticism and narcissism in advertising, war movies, The Crying Game, Tom Cruise, Robert Bly, Clint Eastwood, and other mirrors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415909914
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
1 Introduction 1
2 Big Tits!: Masochism and transformation in bodybuilding 21
3 Sex Hunters: The 'homosexual' male heterosexual economy 45
4 Active Sports: The anus and its goal-posts 69
5 Narcissus Goes Shopping: Homoeroticism and narcissism in men's advertising 94
6 A World of Penises: Gay videoporn 131
7 Marky Mark and the Hunky Bunch: The hustler syndrome 150
8 A Crying Shame: Transvestism and misogyny in The Crying Game 164
9 Dragging It Up and Down: The glamorized male body 177
10 Rock and Revolution: Business as usual? 197
11 Don't Die on Me, Buddy: Homoeroticism and masochism in war movies 212
12 Top Man: Tom Cruise and the narcissistic male hero 229
13 Iron Clint: Queer weddings in Robert Bly's Iron John and Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven 253
14 Popular Men: Manly v. unmanly 266
Index 282
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