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The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities is an interdisciplinary and international culmination of the growth of men's studies that also offers insight about future directions for the field. The Handbook provides a broad view of masculinities primarily across the social sciences, with the inclusion of important debates in some areas of the humanities and natural sciences. The various approaches presented in this Handbook range across different disciplines, theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and conceptualizations in relation to the topic of men. Editors Michael S. Kimmel, Jeff Hearn, and Robert W. Connell have assembled an esteemed group of contributors who are among the best-known experts in their particular fields.
Chapter 4: Queering the Pitch?: Gay Masculinities
Queering the Pitch?: Gay Masculinities
On the face of it, gay masculinities are a contradiction in terms: Gay negates masculine. The litany of terminology associated with homosexuality over the past century, let alone its representations (ranging from Quentin Crisp's Naked Civil Servant to The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, as well as a camp tradition of television stars from John Humphries in Are You Being Served? to Graham Norton's self-titled chat show), provide ample demonstration of the never-ending association of the homosexual with the effeminate: limp-wristed, shirt-lifting poofs, pansies, and queens.1 Nonetheless, the defining feature of the gay man is that he loves or simply eroticizes men as opposed to women and therefore, in some sense, the masculine as ...