How do gay men respond to controlling notions of masculinity in society and stereotypes of gay sexuality? This book explores the ways in which gay men in the United States engage in, contest and modify these notions and develop a sense of masculine identity. The book examines the creation of identity through the everyday lives of gay men: their work; home; community; and relationships.

“Anything for a Sis, Mary”: An Introduction to Gay Masculinities

“Anything for a sis, mary”: An introduction to gay masculinities
Peter M.Nardi

Michael: What's more boring than a queen doing a Judy Garland imitation?

Donald: A queen doing a Bette Davis imitation…

Michael: Now, please everybody, do me a favor and cool it for the few minutes [my straight friend] is here.

Emory: Anything for a sis, Mary.

Michael: That's exactly what I'm talking about, Emory. No camping!

—Mart Crowley, The Boys in the Band (1968, pp. 27, 51).

For some time, the media images of gay men as effeminate and lesbians as masculine have persisted. They illustrate the conflation of gender and sexual orientation and raise salient questions about the social construction and relational nature of femininity and masculinity. Even though the ...

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