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Title:
One of the boys : masculinity, homophobia, and modern manhood
Author:
Plummer, David, 1957-
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Publication Information:
New York : Harrington Park Press, [1999]

©1999
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ix, 364 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781560239741

9781560239734
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Summary

One of the Boys: Masculinity, Homophobia, and Modern Manhood takes a fresh look at the formation of modern male sexual identities. You will find that homophobia is not only widespread, but that it takes diverse forms and has far-reaching behavioral and social consequences. The new concept of "homophobic passage," which is part of the development of all young men, will enlighten you as to the proposed "causes" of homosexuality and heterosexuality.

One of the Boys will help you discover how the passage of young males from childhood to adulthood plays an important role in formation of the modern adult male self in gay and straight men. As a result, this knowledge will allow you to offer relevant services to clients who are struggling with societal stereotypes and identity issues.

From this informative book, you will discover how homophobia plays a role in the increase in violence experienced by gay men and lesbians in our culture today. To help you offer improved services, One of the Boys discusses why homophobia is widespread, takes diverse forms, andhas far-reaching behavioral and social consequences by:

examining the school playground and its many effects on children''s peer groups to discover how profoundly names like "crybaby" and "poofter" can impact a child''s development learning that children often cannot escape harmful labels and stereotypes at home and realizing how it impacts a child''s developing sense of self discovering the media''s influence on role models and realizing the important role television and magazines play in providing information about homosexuality and homophobia realizing the heavy pressure homophobia exerts on men and how it shapes their relationships with women and other men, how emotionally close they allow themselves to get to people, how affectionate they are, and with whom they have sexual relations

Through One of the Boys, you will gain valuable insight into the masculinity of the men interviewed and how it was shaped in order for you to develop a greater understanding of men and the many influences of society as a whole. This unique study investigates the development of homophobia and the meanings and significances people associate with it to help you understand how and where homophobia originates in our society. ervices, One of the Boys discusses why homophobia is widespread, takes diverse forms, andhas far-reaching behavioral and social consequences by:

examining the school playground and its many effects on children''s peer groups to discover how profoundly names like "crybaby" and "poofter" can impact a child''s development learning that children often cannot escape harmful labels and stereotypes at home and realizing how it impacts a child''s developing sense of self discovering the media''s influence on role models and realizing the important role television and magazines play in providing information about homosexuality and homophobia realizing the heavy pressure homophobia exerts on men and how it shapes their relationships with women and other men, how emotionally close they allow themselves to get to people, how affectionate they are, and with whom they have sexual relations

Through One of the Boys, you will gain valuable insight into the masculinity of the men interviewed and how it was shaped in order for you to develop a greater understanding of men and the many influences of society as a whole. This unique study investigates the development of homophobia and the meanings and significances people associate with it to help you understand how and where homophobia originates in our society. valuable insight into the masculinity of the men interviewed and how it was shaped in order for you to develop a greater understanding of men and the many influences of society as a whole. This unique study investigates the development of homophobia and the meanings and significances people associate with it to help you understand how and where homophobia originates in our society.


Author Notes

David Plummer, PhD, MD, is Associate Professor in the School of Health at the University of New England in Australia. In addition he is a sexual health physician and health sociologist. He was the first National President of Australia's national top nongovernment AIDS body, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations (AFAO). Dr. Plummer is also an executive member of Australia's top governmental AIDS advisory body, the Australian National Council on AIDS and Related Diseases (ANCARD), which advises the Federal Health Minister.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1 The Homophobic Puzzle
Defining Homophobia
Clarifying the Terms of Reference
The 'Epidemiology' of Homophobia: Studies of Homophobic Violence
The Significance of Homophobia: Evidence from Twentieth Century Public Life
Chapter 2 Swearing Allegiance
Homophobic Meanings
Cataloging Homophobic Meanings
Evolving Homophobic Meanings: 'Onion Skinning'
The Power of Homophobic Words
Homophobia and 'Otherness'
Conclusions
Chapter 3 Separating the Men From the Boys
School
The Divided School Ground
The Classroom
Home
The Media
Conclusion
Chapter 4 Fashioning the Male 'Self'
Homophobia Prior to Adult Sexual Identity: Pressures Which Shape Boys' Behavior
Homophobic Pressures from a Nonhomosexual Perspective
Homophobia and Being Homosexual
Homophobia and Identity
Conclusions
Chapter 5 Regulating Male Intimacy
Physical Engagement: Sport
Manhood Exposed: The Change Rooms
Putting Those Fears to Bed: Sleeping Together
Knowing When to Get Off: Sexual Restraint and Transgression
Friendships, Relationships, and Being Homosexually Active
Conclusions
Chapter 6 On the Origins of the Sexual Species
Homophobic Logic: Mobile Differences and Consistent Negative Bias
Between suppression and Expression
Taming Polymorphous Perversity
Homophobic Passage: The Orderer of Things
Conclusions
Appendix A Methods
Choice of Methods
Methodological Theory
Sampling
Recruitment
Interview Structure
Analysis: Interpretation, Validity, and Wider Significance
Conclusions
Appendix B Sample
Participant Profiles
Conclusions
Appendix C ATLG Scores
References
Index
References Notes Included