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.

Risk and Masculinity in the Everyday Lives of Gay Men

Risk and masculinity in the everyday lives of gay men
Thomas J.Linneman

I go to a little gym downtown—a YMCA down over thataway—and went into the gym one day, and Rush Limbaugh was on the radio, I figured out pretty quickly, not that I had ever heard it before … and there were two people in there, a guy and a woman, and it was just the three of us so I said, “Well, is somebody listening to this … garbage,” I think I said, and nobody said anything so I went and turned it off, I didn't even turn it to another station, I just turned the whole thing off, and then this guy comes up to ...

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