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MSC - Masculinities & Social Change  
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   ISSN (Print) 2014-3605
   Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [13 journals]
  • "After all I’ve got the soul of a young girl“ – A
           Psychosocial Perspective on the Impact of Heteronormative Images of
           Masculinity on Sexual Risk Behavior of Gay Men

    • Authors: Phil Langer
      Pages: 196 - 219
      Abstract: The paper is aimed at contributing to an empirically grounded understanding of the psychosocial dynamics that underlie the relation between heteronormative images of masculinity, internalized heterosexism and health behavior of gay men in the global North. It is based on a qualitative interview study that focuses on the consequences of the internalization of dominant images of masculinity for the identity constructions of gay men and their HIV-related sexual risk behavior in Germany. In the paper it will be argued that 1) the tension between the authoritative image of masculinity that is determined by heteronormative discourses one the one hand and the gendered self-image that is shaped and threatened by connotations of a non-masculine homosexuality on the other constitutes a decisive issue of gay identity constructions, 2) a higher sexual risk behavior can be understood as a possible consequence of the internalization of masculine images and its impact on the self-esteem, if the self-image does not match the male ideal, and 3) this may include a paradoxical desire for the imagined masculinity that is experienced as violent with regard to one’s own psychodynamics. Finally, perspectives on gay masculinities that may transgress dominant heteronormative modes of subjectification are discussed.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2014)
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    • Authors: Oriol Rios
      Pages: 196 - 304
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2014)
  • Masculinities in Cuba: Description and Analysis of a Case Study from a
           Gender Perspective

    • Authors: Soura Formental Hernández, Iyamira Hernández Pita, Teresa Fernández de Juan
      Pages: 220 - 247
      Abstract: This study aims to deepen our discussion about Cuban men´s current perception about hegemonic masculinity, based on an extensive literary review and a survey focusing on 125 males who attend a Mental Health Center in Havana. Using gender as a concept and category to unravel the relations between sexual difference and inequality, the authors present the results of their descriptive and transversal research, designed to address multiple cases, from a qualitative methodological perspective (QMP method) and compare them with other findings, especially from Latin America. The research techniques applied, expose how the patriarchal culture continues imposing a burden on the minds of many Cuban men, while they also exhibit the rise of a new generation which enjoys a less genitalist sexuality, willing to sharing their new outlook and beginning to manifest a liberating and positive distance from machismo.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2014)
  • Phil’s Story. An Ethnographic Drama Relating one Man’s
           Experience of Australian Workplace Professional Age Discrimination

    • Authors: Colin Martin Brown
      Pages: 248 - 270
      Abstract: Phil’s story is based on one respondent’s interview which is embedded within my autoethnographic PhD thesis on Australian workplace age-discrimination.  In using ethnographic convention to amplify this real-life drama, the paper uses first-person voice to extract and highlight the damage that workplace age discrimination is doing to the older professional Australian man.  The paper focuses on ‘Phil’, a 58 year old indigenous Australian, former high level Government employee whose high-flying executive career is traumatically cut short.  The downward spiral of his life resulted in him becoming just another run-of-the-mill contract worker.  This story relates Phil’s anguish, shock, and disbelief at the treatment he received when he turned 50 and was made excess to current work requirements.  His story is compelling and his voice essential to bring cognizance to the narrative of this ever present real-life workplace tragedy that has the potential to affect all Australians and all world inhabitants.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2014)
  • No Homo: The Paradox of Homophobia and Homosocial Dependency among College

    • Authors: Collin D. Willians, Shaun Harper
      Pages: 271 - 298
      Abstract: The paradox of homophobia and homosocial dependency – men’s need for bonding and intimate (non-sexual) contact with other men, which often results in personal care, validation of their masculinities, opportunities for vulnerability, and varying levels of substantive friendship – emerged in this grounded theory study. Individual interviews and focus groups were conducted with 68 undergraduate men from a range of identity groups and student activities (including athletics and fraternities) at a large university. Analyses revealed how homophobia shaped friendships among heterosexual men and produced parameters that governed their relationships with gay and bisexual male peers. Despite their homophobic viewpoints and behaviors (e.g., joking about homosexuality), participants depended on intimacy in their relationships with other men. O’Neil’s (1981) Gender Role Conflict and more contemporary theoretical perspectives on the social construction of masculinities are used to make sense of these findings.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2014)
  • Los Españoles y la Sexualidad en el Siglo XXI

    • Authors: Liviu Catalin Mara
      Pages: 299 - 300
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2014)
  • Men and Masculinities around the World. Transforming Men’s Practices

    • Authors: Juan Manuel García-Jorba
      Pages: 301 - 304
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2014)
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