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One of the Boys : Masculinity, Homophobia, and Modern Manhood - David Plummer

One of the Boys

Masculinity, Homophobia, and Modern Manhood

Paperback Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9781560239741
Number Of Pages: 378

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One of the Boys: Masculinity, Homophobia, and Modern Manhood takes a fresh look at the formation of modern male sexual identities. You will find that homophobia is not only widespread, but that it takes diverse forms and has far-reaching behavioral and social consequences. The new concept of “homophobic passage,” which is part of the development of all young men, will enlighten you as to the proposed “causes” of homosexuality and heterosexuality. One of the Boys will help you discover how the passage of young males from childhood to adulthood plays an important role in formation of the modern adult male self in gay and straight men. As a result, this knowledge will allow you to offer relevant services to clients who are struggling with societal stereotypes and identity issues. From this informative book, you will discover how homophobia plays a role in the increase in violence experienced by gay men and lesbians in our culture today. To help you offer improved services, One of the Boys discusses why homophobia is widespread, takes diverse forms, andhas far-reaching behavioral and social consequences by:

  • examining the school playground and its many effects on children's peer groups to discover how profoundly names like “crybaby” and “poofter” can impact a child's development
  • learning that children often cannot escape harmful labels and stereotypes at home and realizing how it impacts a child's developing sense of self
  • discovering the media's influence on role models and realizing the important role television and magazines play in providing information about homosexuality and homophobia
  • realizing the heavy pressure homophobia exerts on men and how it shapes their relationships with women and other men, how emotionally close they allow themselves to get to people, how affectionate they are, and with whom they have sexual relations Through One of the Boys, you will gain valuable insight into the masculinity of the men interviewed and how it was shaped in order for you to develop a greater understanding of men and the many influences of society as a whole. This unique study investigates the development of homophobia and the meanings and significances people associate with it to help you understand how and where homophobia originates in our society.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Homophobic Puzzlep. 3
Defining Homophobiap. 3
Clarifying the Terms of Referencep. 6
The "Epidemiology" of Homophobia: Studies of Homophobic Violencep. 10
The Significance of Homophobia: Evidence from Twentieth-Century Public Lifep. 24
Swearing Allegiancep. 39
Homophobic Meaningsp. 40
Cataloging Homophobic Meaningsp. 44
Evolving Homophobic Meanings: "Onion Skinning"p. 59
The Power of Homophobic Wordsp. 63
Homophobia and "Otherness"p. 77
Conclusionsp. 88
Separating the Men from the Boysp. 89
Schoolp. 89
The Divided School Groundp. 92
The Classroomp. 113
Homep. 118
The Mediap. 130
Conclusionsp. 133
Fashioning the Male "Self"p. 137
Homophobia Prior to Adult Sexual Identity: Pressures That Shape Boys' Behaviorp. 137
Homophobic Pressures from a Nonhomosexual Perspectivep. 149
Homophobia and Being Homosexualp. 166
Homophobia and Identityp. 203
Conclusionsp. 218
Regulating Male Intimacyp. 221
Physical Engagement: Sportsp. 222
Manhood Exposed: The Change Roomsp. 242
Putting Those Fears to Bed: Sleeping Togetherp. 252
Knowing When to Get Off: Sexual Restraint and Transgressionp. 256
Friendships, Relationships, and Being Homosexually Activep. 276
Conclusionsp. 288
On the Origins of the Sexual Speciesp. 291
Homophobic Logic: Mobile Differences and Consistent Negative Biasp. 291
Between Suppression and Expressionp. 295
Taming Polymorphous Perversityp. 299
Homophobic Passage: The Orderer of Thingsp. 300
Conclusionsp. 305
Methodsp. 307
The Choice of Methodsp. 308
Methodological Theoryp. 309
Samplingp. 310
Recruitmentp. 312
Interview Structurep. 313
Analysis: Interpretation, Validity, and Wider Significancep. 315
Conclusionsp. 318
Samplep. 321
Participant Profilesp. 323
Conclusionsp. 337
ATLG Scoresp. 339
Referencesp. 343
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9781560239741
ISBN-10: 1560239743
Series: Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 1st October 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1