Drawing together the broad range of theoretical issues posed in the new study of masculinity, contributors from diverse backgrounds address in this volume the different disciplinary roots of theories of masculinity - sociology, psychoanalysis, ethnography, and inequality studies. Subsequent chapters theoretically model many issues central to the study of men - power, ethnicity, feminism, homophobia - or develop theoretical explanations of some of the institutions most closely identified with men including the military and the men's movement.
Chapter 13: The Male Body and Literary Metaphors for Masculinity
The Male Body and Literary Metaphors for Masculinity
[T]he male issue is to accept our genitals the way they are most of the time rather than …holding onto exaggerations of what the penis is like at erection as the proper image of masculine self-definition […] we males need to honor and celebrate our personal experience with our genitals. We men have often reduced women to their biological sexuality [while avoiding or denying] the truth of our own biological sexuality. We have fabricated a steel fig leaf…. (Haddon, 1988, p. 23)1
Masculinity, in its psychologic and cultural manifestations and implications, is assumed to be the homologue of the phallic genitality of the male with, at the very least, metaphoric connections ...