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Faeries, Bears, and Leathermen: Men in Community Queering the Masculine

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Over time, male homosexuality and effeminacy have become indelibly associated, sometimes even synonymous. In Faeries, Bears, and Leathermen, Peter Hennen contends that this stigma of effeminacy exerts a powerful influence on gay subcultures. Through a comparative ethnographic analysis of three communities, Hennen explores the surprising ways that conventional masculinity i ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2008)
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Didi Chang-Park
Oct 19, 2015 Didi Chang-Park rated it really liked it
pretty interesting ethnography of the three gay male subcultures (loved reading about historical effeminacy, history of leather culture, masculinity within bear communities, race/class analysis). but the concluding chapter was pretty uninteresting, shitty, failed to really bring the chapters together into any sort of convincing/interesting thesis.
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i think that is is a frustrating yet really worthwhile book? or maybe a good groundwork that will occasionally irritate the shit out of (the assumed universal of my own experience reading things). Most glaringly Hennen makes the (pretty much well known) point that Faeries, Bears and Leathermen are all largely white communities but his reasoning behind this goes into "comparative literature with a vengeance" rather than, i dunno, maybe talking about how white bodies are constructed as the desirab ...more
kevin
Feb 19, 2009 kevin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: queer/gender scholars, ethnographers, sociology students looking for models,
Ethnographic investigation of three gay subcultures in pursuit of new insight to their mobilization of masculinity. Solid balance of theory, fieldwork, lived experience, and archival history. The development of these three communities over the decades puts today's queer communities in a new historical perspective.
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