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.

Queer Sexism: Rethinking Gay Men and Masculinity

Queer sexism: Rethinking gay men and masculinity

As my awareness of sexism and, subsequently, other forms of oppression increased, my feelings toward my gay brothers began to change…. I resented the fact that no matter how often and in how many different ways I called them on their misogynistic behaviors, tried to explain how they were hurting me, other lesbians, other women, and themselves, most of them just didn't “get it,” and of the few who did, fewer still were willing to change their behavior.

—Merril Mushroom, “Gay Girls and Gay Guys” (1994, p. 69)

We gay men are aware of how much we have lost by coming out and how much we're hurt by society's prejudice. [We] have to realize, ...

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