Faeries, Bears, and Leathermen: Men in Community Queering by Peter Hennen

By Peter Hennen

Over time, male homosexuality and effeminacy became indelibly linked, occasionally even synonymous. In Faeries, Bears, and Leathermen, Peter Hennen contends that this stigma of effeminacy exerts a robust impression on homosexual subcultures. via a comparative ethnographic research of 3 groups, Hennen explores the fabulous ways in which traditional masculinity is being jointly challenged, subverted, or perpetuated in modern homosexual male culture.

Hennen’s colourful learn specializes in a trio of teams: the novel Faeries, who parody effeminacy via playfully embracing it, wearing promenade clothes and glitter; the Bears, who attempt to seem like “regular men” and have fun their better, hairier our bodies; and the Leathermen, who emulate hypermasculine biker tradition, concurrently harking back to and undermining notions of manliness. in addition to a historic research of the organization among effeminacy and homosexuality, Hennen examines how this connection impacts the teams’ sexual practices. finally, he argues, whereas all 3 teams undertake leading edge ways to gender concerns and sexual excitement, masculine norms proceed to constrain participants of every community.

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