Muscle Boys: Gay Gym Culture

Muscle Boys: Gay Gym Culture

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by Erick Alvarez
     
 

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Find out why the gym has become the hottest place to work up a good sweat!

Muscle Boys: Gay Gym Culture is an inside look at the secret world of exercise and fitness that�s become one of the country�s fastest growing and most influential gay subcultures. The author, a personal trainer on the San Francisco gay gym scene for more than a decade, examines the… See more details below

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Find out why the gym has become the hottest place to work up a good sweat!

Muscle Boys: Gay Gym Culture is an inside look at the secret world of exercise and fitness that�s become one of the country�s fastest growing and most influential gay subcultures. The author, a personal trainer on the San Francisco gay gym scene for more than a decade, examines the history, sociology, and influence of bodybuilding, male body image, and beefcake media, and incorporates the results of an online study of nearly 6,000 gay and bisexual men for an in-depth look at gay body culture and its role in modern gay life.

Over the past 20 years, the physical and social trends of the gay gym have traveled far from the gay �ghettos� of New York and San Francisco, thanks to the modern gay man�s ability to travel - both online and off. What was once a lifestyle for a small number of trendy gay men in big cities has become a way of life for many and the gay gym has become a subculture all its own. Muscle Boys includes interviews and profiles, photographs, and research findings on masculinity, steroids, sex in the locker room, and much more!

Muscle Boys examines:
• The history of the ancient Greek gym culture and the Greek ideal
• The modern male body ideal - and the gay influences that created it
• Body image in gay culture and its effect on modern gay socialization
• Muscle media - a history of homoerotic muscle-bound photography, pornography, and advertising
• Popular gay cultures and stereotypes (athletes, muscle boys, circuit boys, muscle bears, muscle daddies)
• The gym, fitness, and HIV
• Fitness and health for gay baby boomers and seniors
• Gay athletics
• Steroids
• Sex in the locker room
• And much more

Muscle Boys is a must read for anyone interested in gay body culture and for academics working in GLBT studies, human sexuality, psychology, and gay athletics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780203872765
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/14/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
842,273
File size:
7 MB

What People are saying about this

Jack Fritscher
AN INFORMED HISTORY AND BREEZY ANALYSIS OF GAY MEN'S THIRSTY INTEREST IN BODY IMAGE. . . . Athlete Alvarez is a trainer who leaves his muscular signature on this entertaining book that covers early physique magazines, steroids, and pro athletes like Dave Kopay and Tom Waddell, inventor of the Gay Games. As a longtime gym-insider, Alvrez writes about what he knows. He captures the mystery and history of gay gym culture, of self-fashioning notions of masculine identity, and how gay muscle flexed gay power and uncloseted our Platonic Ideals into straight mainstream advertising. (Jack Fritscher, PhD, Author of "Gay Sports" in Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer - Sex, Art, and the Salon around Drummer Magazine)
Tom Cardamone
ACCESSIBLE PROSE AND EXPERIENCED INSIGHT . . . . Provides the reader with a timely idea: the importance of the gym in allowing gay men a place where they can find each other and, most significantly, themselves. This VERY READABLE book politely kicks sand in the faces of those who impugn the gym as anything other than a unique, healthy, surprisingly diverse communal culture worthy of study, comment and maybe even membership. . . . This INSIGHTFUL history gives voice to the countless gay men who found the strength to assert themselves and in doing so redefined masculinity. (Tom Cardamone, Author of The Werewolves Of Central Park)

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