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Tim Edwards

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 4: Queering the Pitch?: Gay Masculinities

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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 ...

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