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Thomas J. Gerschick

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 21: Masculinity and Degrees of Bodily Normativity in Western Culture

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Masculinity and Degrees of Bodily Normativity in Western Culture
Masculinity and degrees of bodily normativity in western culture
Thomas J.Gerschick

What makes someone male or a man? Are people born with an unalterable sex, or can it be changed at will? If one is assigned to the sex category “male,” must he always remain there? If one thinks of oneself as a man, is one? Must one have a penis in order to be a man? To what degree are sex and gender physical characteristics based in one's genetic code, the brain, and the body, and to what degree are they psychological, cultural, or social constructions? Do the answers to the above questions differ as historical, cultural, and structural contexts change? These questions concerning the relationship between ...

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