Constructing Masculinity

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Maurice Berger, Brian Wallis, Simon Watson, Carrie Mae Weems
Psychology Press, 1995 - Art - 342 pages
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This text questions society's normative standards of the masculine and contemplates the extent to which men and women can transcend these stereotypes. It examines the ways in which representations of masculinity and maleness in the media and the arts produce, challenge and ultimately shape notions of the masculine. Masculinity in relationship to science and law, two dominant social institutions that play a vital role in constructing stereotypes and establishing gendered power relationships, is also considered. The study aims to take the reader beyond the status of masculinity itself, arguing that men must begin to rethink the very boundaries that shape and define what it means to be a man. Conversely, women must play an important role in this reevaluation, an idea suggested by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's admonition that when something is about masculinity, it isn't always about men.
 

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Contents

MlOHAEL GOVAN Note on the Series
1
Eve KOSOFSKV SEOGWlOK Gosh Boy George You Must Be Awfully Secure
11
JUOlTH BUTLER Melancholy GenderRefused identification
21
CAROLE S VANE Social Construction Theory and Sexuality
37
WAYNE KOESTENBAUM The Aryan Boy Who Pissed on My Fathers Head
49
HOMl K BHABHA Are You a Man or a Mouse?
57
ASlGAlL SOLOMONGODEAU Male Trouble
69
PAUL SMlTH Eastwood Bound
77
ANDREW Ross The Great White Dude
167
Thoughts on Kafkas Body
176
DERRlOK BELL The RaceCharged Relationship of Black
193
RlOHARO DELGAOO Minority Men Misery and the Marketplace
211
KENOALL THOMAS Masculinity the Rule of Law and Other
221
PATRlOlA J WlLLlAMS Meditations on Masculinity
238
MARJORlE HElNS Masculinity Sexism and Censorship
250
GEORGE YUOlOE Whats a Straight White Man to
267

BELL HOOKS Doing ft for Daddy
98
MlOHAEL TAUSSlG Schopenhauers Beard
107
LEO BERSANl Loving
115
THREE
125
ANNE FAUSTOSTERLlNG How to Build a
127
PHlLOMENA MARlANl LawandOrder Science
135
SlMON WATNEY Gene Wars
157
BARSARA EHRENRElOH The Decline of Patriarchy
284
RlOHARO FUNG Burdens of Representation Burdens of Responsibility
291
Could it
299
STANLEY ARONOWlTZ My Masculinity
307
Contributors
322
Photo Credits
331
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Maurice Berger is Senior Fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. Simon Watson is the founding director of The Contemporary Art Institute of New York, sponsor of the annual SoHo Arts Festival. Brian Wallis is a cultural critic, living in New York. He has written extensively on contemporary art, and is the editor of numerous books, including Art After Modernism (1984), and Rock My Religion: Writing and Art Projects by Dan Graham (1994).

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