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Chapter 10: Male Strippers: Men Objectifying Men

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Male Strippers: Men Objectifying Men
Male strippers: Men objectifying men

Definitions of masculinity have traditionally positioned men as sexual aggressors and objectifiers, not the pursued or the sexually objectified. Whereas women have frequently been judged by their attractiveness and seductiveness (Ronai & Ellis, 1989), this has been less common for men. Men who work as strippers represent a potential challenge to this social norm. This chapter examines the processes and consequences of sexual objectification of men in homosocial settings. In particular, I examine how the role of stripping is transformed when men are the ones who are sexually objectified by other men.

This study is based on 2 years' participant observation with five male strip groups. Four of the five troupes travel extensively through the Midwest and ...

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