Gay Skins: Class, Masculinity and Queer Appropriation

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Cassell, 1996 - Psychology - 212 pages
Inarticulate, aggro-loving and hard as fuck, the mythical figure of the skinhead has embodied fears and fantasies about straight, white working-class masculinity for nearly thirty years. Dressed in standard issue flying jacket, crotch-clutching Levis and shiny DM boots, he was destined for homoeroticism.

Through accounts from straight skinhead subculture, contemporary news coverage, subcultural theories and the memories of gay skins in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Healy puts the boot into those myths of masculinity and challenges assumptions about class, queerness and real men. Tracing the historical development of the gay skin from 1968, he assesses what gay men have done to the hardest cult of them all -- and how it has transformed the gay scene.

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Kids Cults and Common Queers
Skinheads and Homosexuals
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Healy is a journalist, academic and costume designer.

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