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The masculine marine : homoeroticism in the U.S. Marine Corps
Zeeland, Steven.
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New York : Haworth Press, [1996]

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xi, 202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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VE23 .Z44 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This exciting book was listed as #1 on The Advocate's (ital) bestseller list for December 1996! In The Masculine Marine, author Steven Zeeland records, for the first time ever, what active-duty Marines have to say about what it means to be a man, to be a Marine, and to desire other men.

As the foremost surviving icon of traditional masculinity, Marines are often considered the opposite of "gay." Yet in contemporary gay culture, Marines are stereotyped as likely to play the passive role in sexual encounters with other men. By vividly illustrating some of the startling ways in which gay and Marine attributes can coincide, The Masculine Marine uncovers the wild sexual contradictions built into military hypermasculinity.

From ordinary grunts to a major who flies a combat jet, Zeeland's Marine interviewees provide thoughtful and articulate insight into aspects of this rarely documented culture, including: homoerotic bonding among Marines how gay Marines reconcile their sexual identity with the ethos of "hard" Marine supermasculinity how some Marines eroticize the pain and humiliation of Marine Corps boot camp Marines in all-male pornography male attitudes toward women in the Marine Corps hazing and institutional violence

These Marines talk candidly about what motivated them to join the United States'most elite fighting force, and they reveal how becoming Marines has shaped their sexual and gender identities. For the student of gay or military studies or anyone sexually intrigued by men in uniform, The Masculine Marine must reading.

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Choice Review

Between 1990 and 1995, Zeeland (San Francisco State Univ.) conducted interviews with men in the US Armed Forces regarding sex they had with other men. This book is the last of the three-volume series reporting on those interviews (previous volumes are Barrack Buddies and Soldier Lovers, CH, Jan'94, and Sailors and Sexual Identity: Crossing the Line Between "Straight" and "Gay" in the U.S. Navy, CH, Nov'95). Like the other two books, this volume contains verbatim transcripts of Zeeland's dialogues, in this case with nine Marines (out of 21 he interviewed), as well as some of his own observations about Marines who like sex with other men. The interviewees ranged from ordinary grunts to a major who graduated from Annapolis and now flies a combat jet. Most of the men are articulate and insightful, and provide startling insights into the amount of homoeroticism--usually implicit, but often surprisingly explicit--common among macho Marines. Readership: all levels. R. W. Smith California State University, Northridge

Table of Contents

Introduction: Penetrating Marine Machismo Corporal Keith
The Devil Dog Yell Lance Corporal Ted
The Absent-Father Tattoo Corporal Alex
Marine Biology First Lieutenant Frank
Parris Island Is Burning Captain Eric
Marines Like to Be Looked At Sergeant Wood and Corporal Marie
Gay and Straight Are Identical Major Luke
Isolated Pain Corporal Jack
Smell of Masculine Marine Corporal Alex (Coda)
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