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Chapter 7: Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity

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Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity
Masculinity as homophobia: Fear, shame, and silence in the construction of gender identity
Michael S.Kimmel

“Funny thing,” [Curley's wife] said. “If I catch any one man, and he's alone, I get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an’ you won't talk. Jus' nothin’ but mad.” She dropped her fingers and put her hands on her hips. “You're all scared of each other, that's what. Ever’ one of you's scared the rest is goin’ to get something on you.”

John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (1937)

We think of manhood as eternal, a timeless essence that resides deep in the heart of every man. We think of manhood as a ...

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