Without question, the media have perpetuated stereotypes of gay men, often portraying them as effeminate. Such a limited depiction illustrates the problematic conflation of gender roles and sexual orientation, raising important questions about the relationship between the two. The articles collected in this volume represent an attempt to understand how contemporary gay men in the United States engage in, contest, and modify controlling notions of masculinity. Peter Nardi, with contributions from leading scholars in the field of gay studies, examines the ways in which gay men develop a sense of masculine identity, with a special emphasis on the every day lives of gay men. These essays consider a great range of issues, from gay masculine identity in business, church, home, and community, to interpersonal relationships of gay men. A fascinating and thought-provoking addition to the Research on Men and Masculinities series, Gay Masculinities is a must read for any scholar of sociology, gender studies, education, anthropology, psychology, or communication.
Peter M Nardi
"Anything for a sis, Mary"
PART ONE: MASCULINITIES IN GAY RELATIONSHIPS
Matt G Mutchler
Seeking Sexual Lives
"One of the Guys"
J Michael Cruz
Gay Male Domestic Violence and the Pursuit of Masculinity
PART TWO: MASCULINITIES IN EVERYDAY GAY LIFE
Thomas J Linneman
Risk and Masculinity in the Everyday Lives of Gay Men
Eric M Rodriguez and Suzanne C Ouellette
Religion and Masculinity in Latino Gay Lives
Perry N Halkitis
Masculinity in the Age of AIDS
PART THREE: MASCULINITIES IN DIVERSE GAY GROUPS
Donald C Barrett
Masculinity Among Working Class Gay Males
Asian American Gay Men's (Dis)claim on Masculinity
Entre Hombres/Between Men
Steven P Schacht
Gay Female Impersonators and the Masculine Construction of "Other"