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Faeries, Bears, and Leathermen

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  2 reviews

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

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Published January 1st 2008 by University of Chicago Press
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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
Feb 19, 2009 kevin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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