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Theorizing Masculinities

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Theorizing Masculinities

Harry Brod & Michael Kaufman

Pub. date: 1994 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452243627 | Print ISBN: 9780803949041 | Online ISBN: 9781452243627 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Chapter 7: Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity

Michael S. Kimmel

Masculinity as homophobia: Fear, shame, and silence in the construction of gender identity “Funny thing,” [Curley's wife] said. “If I catch any one man, and he's alone, I get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an’ you won't talk. Jus' nothin’ but mad.” She dropped her fingers and put her hands on her hips. “You're all scared of each other, that's what. Ever’ one of you's scared the rest is goin’ to get something on you.” We think of manhood as eternal, a timeless essence that resides deep in the heart of every man. We think of manhood as a thing, a quality that one either has or doesn't have. We think of manhood as innate, residing in the particular biological composition of the human male, the result of androgens or the possession of a penis. We think of manhood as a transcendent ...

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