Male Impersonators: OUT NOW On Kindle!

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Male Impersonators, Masculinities
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Mark Simpson’s (1994) classic, Male Impersonators has  been published on Amazon Kindle.

 

Comments
  1. Jonathan says:

    Well, there you go.🙂

    If I was going to give it a one-line review I might say: “a very interesting and thought-provoking collection of essays on masculinity from an astute cultural commentor” … or something.

    Personally, I’d prefer it if all the Freud was stripped out – but I’m not sure how you would actually go about doing that.😉

  2. Jonathan says:

    Obliquely on this… I’m currently reading Sandra Bem’s 1993 book “The Lenses of Gender” and have just come to this paragraph:

    “It is no accident that American culture has no comparable tradition of displaying the nude or seminude male body. The culture has completely constructed females and nudes as the objects of male sexual desire that when Americans see a display of a nude or a seminude male body, they instantly assume that it is not a heterosexual woman’s object of desire but a gay man’s object of desire. This perception, in turn, so arouses their abhorrence of homosexuality that they end up judging the display of the nude male body itself as inherently pornographic.”

    Partly that’s what Mark Simpson is saying: that the cultural portrayal of the nude/seminude male is inherently gay and pornographic. Except, of course, that he’s also saying something else: that American (or, rather, western) culture does have a comparable tradition for the male body – and it’s now everywhere.

    • well he’s saying the male nude is inherently ‘pornographic’ but not gay. Unless we take it that we are all gay for the male nude!😀

      That’s an interesting quote I like Sandra Bem. I think she got to know Mark’s work later I’m not sure. I might try and track her down for my book!

      • Jonathan says:

        Well, okay, maybe “inherently gay” wasn’t exactly the right way to put it😉

        Re Sandra Bem: Yes, I like her writing very much – not least for her critique (as a feminist) of gender essentialist feminists. And anyone who starts a book with…

        “When I say that my sexuality does not mesh with the available cultural categories, I mean that the sex-of-partner dimension implicit in the three categories of heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual seems irrelevant to my own particular pattern of erotic attractions and sexual experiences. Although some of the (very few) individuals to whom I have been attracted during my forty-eight years have been men and some have been women, what those individuals have in common has nothing to do with either their biological sex or more—from which I conclude, not that I am attracted to both sexes, but that my sexuality is organized around dimensions other than sex.”

        …already has me interested in what they have to say.🙂 Yes, I’d be similarly interested in her take on Mark’s writing.

        • I will try and track her down…

        • Jonathan says:

          Errata: in the quote “their biological sex or more” should have been “their biological sex or mine”😳

        • redpesto says:

          Like that Bem quote, Jonathan.

          Or as Pat (now Patrick) Califia once said: ‘If I had a choice between a hot male masochist and a vanilla lesbian, I’d pick the boy.’ Makes sense to me.

          • Jonathan says:

            Yes indeed. It’s so refreshing when sexuality isn’t all about partners’ biological sex. Really, if people have to be categorized along those lines, I’d rather it was done as: (i) people whose sexuality is driven by the evolutionary need to make babies, and (ii) everyone else.

  3. Steph D says:

    Yes yet another book for my new kindle. QRG you must be doing this deliberately now you just keep showing me new books.

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