Female Masculinity

Female Masculinity

Illustrated with nearly forty photographs, including portraits, film stills, and drag king performance shots, this book provides an extensive record of the wide range of female masculinities.

Author: Judith Halberstam

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822322439

Category: Social Science

Page: 329

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Masculinity without men. In Female Masculinity Judith Halberstam takes aim at the protected status of male masculinity and shows that female masculinity has offered a distinct alternative to it for well over two hundred years. Providing the first full-length study on this subject, Halberstam catalogs the diversity of gender expressions among masculine women from nineteenth-century pre-lesbian practices to contemporary drag king performances. Through detailed textual readings as well as empirical research, Halberstam uncovers a hidden history of female masculinities while arguing for a more nuanced understanding of gender categories that would incorporate rather than pathologize them. She rereads Anne Lister's diaries and Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness as foundational assertions of female masculine identity. She considers the enigma of the stone butch and the politics surrounding butch/femme roles within lesbian communities. She also explores issues of transsexuality among "transgender dykes"--lesbians who pass as men--and female-to-male transsexuals who may find the label of "lesbian" a temporary refuge. Halberstam also tackles such topics as women and boxing, butches in Hollywood and independent cinema, and the phenomenon of male impersonators. Female Masculinity signals a new understanding of masculine behaviors and identities, and a new direction in interdisciplinary queer scholarship. Illustrated with nearly forty photographs, including portraits, film stills, and drag king performance shots, this book provides an extensive record of the wide range of female masculinities. And as Halberstam clearly demonstrates, female masculinity is not some bad imitation of virility, but a lively and dramatic staging of hybrid and minority genders.
Categories: Social Science

Female Masculinity

Female Masculinity

Furthermore, if we think of popular examples of approved female masculinity like
a buffed Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2 (1991) or a lean and mean Sigourney
Weaver in Aliens, it is not hard to see that what renders these performances of ...

Author: Jack Halberstam

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9781478002703

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

View: 639

In this quintessential work of queer theory, Jack Halberstam takes aim at the protected status of male masculinity and shows that female masculinity has offered a distinct alternative to it for well over two centuries. Demonstrating how female masculinity is not some bad imitation of virility, but a lively and dramatic staging of hybrid and minority genders, Halberstam catalogs the diversity of gender expressions among masculine women from nineteenth-century pre-lesbian practices to contemporary drag king performances. Through detailed textual readings as well as empirical research, Halberstam uncovers a hidden history of female masculinities while arguing for a more nuanced understanding of gender categories that would incorporate rather than pathologize them. He rereads Anne Lister's diaries and Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness as foundational assertions of female masculine identity; considers the enigma of the stone butch and the politics surrounding butch/femme roles within lesbian communities; and explores issues of transsexuality among “transgender dykes”—lesbians who pass as men—and female-to-male transsexuals who may find the label of “lesbian” a temporary refuge. Halberstam also tackles such topics as women and boxing, butches in Hollywood and independent cinema, and the phenomenon of male impersonators. Featuring a new preface by the author, this twentieth anniversary edition of Female Masculinity remains as insightful, timely, and necessary as ever.
Categories: Social Science

Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory

Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory

lows , I pay particular attention to the history and the fate of minority masculinity
female masculinity in particular — and the special forms of political and
cultural animosity that it inspires . While mainstream media acknowledge the
existence ...

Author: Judith Kegan Gardiner

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231504918

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 284

Why is there so much talk of a "crisis" of masculinity? How have ideas of manhood been transformed by feminism? Does feminism hold the key to the development of more egalitarian forms of masculinity? Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory addresses central questions about the analysis and construction of masculinity in contemporary society. The volume examines the ways male privilege and power are constituted and represented and explores the effect of such constructions on both men and women. With subjects ranging from Robert Bly ́s Iron John to Tom Hank ́s "niceness," this collection overturns old paradigms about identity, victimization, and dominant and alternative forms of masculinity to advance new dialogues between masculinity studies and feminist theory. Looking particularly at literature, film, and classroom practices, Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory links the analysis of masculinities with feminism ́s ethical and political agenda for the future. Its authors share a conviction that such a link not only reveals the persistence, now more subtle and varied, of male entitlement but also promises to create an enriched and reinvigorated feminism for a new century. Why is there so much talk of a "crisis" of masculinity? How have ideas of manhood been transformed by feminism? Does feminism hold the key to the development of more egalitarian forms of masculinity? Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory addresses central questions about the analysis and construction of masculinity in contemporary society. The volume examines the ways male privilege and power are constituted and represented and explores the effect of such constructions on both men and women. With subjects ranging from Robert Bly's Iron John to Tom Hank's "niceness," this collection overturns old paradigms about identity, victimization, and dominant and alternative forms of masculinity to advance new dialogues between masculinity studies and feminist theory. Looking particularly at literature, film, and classroom practices, Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory links the analysis of masculinities with feminism's ethical and political agenda for the future. Its authors share a conviction that such a link not only reveals the persistence, now more subtle and varied, of male entitlement but also promises to create an enriched and reinvigorated feminism for a new century.
Categories: Social Science

Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions

Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions

Female. Masculinity. Modernity. and. Antagonism. in. Woman. Warrior. Films.
Does maleness automatically produce masculinity? ... The female trans- vestite
already demonstrates that she can reproduce masculinity, mock it, and criticize it.

Author: Kwai-Cheung Lo

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438432106

Category: Social Science

Page: 251

View: 294

Innovative analysis of the relationship of gender to East Asian economic development.
Categories: Social Science

Men and Masculinities in Contemporary Japan

Men and Masculinities in Contemporary Japan

4. Female. masculinity. and. fantasy. spaces. Transcending. genders. in. the.
Takarazuka. Theatre. and. Japanese ... that concerns itself primarily with
alternative images of male masculinity in Japan, this chapter looks at female
masculinity as ...

Author: James E. Roberson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134541621

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 238

This book is the first comprehensive account of the changing role of men and the construction of masculinity in contemporary Japan. The book moves beyond the stereotype of the Japanese white-collar businessman to explore the diversity of identities and experiences that may be found among men in contemporary Japan, including those versions of masculinity which are marginalized and subversive. The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of contemporary Japanese society and identity.
Categories: Social Science

Violence the Arts and Willa Cather

Violence  the Arts  and Willa Cather

For instance, in Cather Studies, the quick equation between lesbianism and
female masculinity fails to recognize ... not simply be a screen for an emergent
women's community: "By making female masculinity equivalent to lesbianism ...
or ...

Author: Joseph R. Urgo

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 0838641571

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 552

Willa Cather was devoted to making art in the face of violence. Here, she emerges as a resource for survival in an age of terror, an artist who encourages her readers to feel at home in the nexus of creativity and terror, and to seek creative responses to the horror of human life.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Splitting a Case of Female Masculinity

Splitting  a Case of Female Masculinity

Very Masculine Females The interest in cross - gender problems that has
recently swelled the literature has concerned feminine and effeminate men much
more than masculine women . Understanding masculinity in females is
complicated by ...

Author: Robert J. Stoller

Publisher: [New York] : Quadrangle

ISBN: UOM:39015020702125

Category: Personality disorders

Page: 395

View: 531

This classic book is a detailed case study of a woman, otherwise intelligent and apparently sane, who was convinced that she had internally a full set of functioning male sex organs. Dr. Robert Stoller's account of this woman's diagnosis and treatment is illustrated by excerpts from the patient-analyst dialogue during her therapy, providing enough detail to be useful to clinicians in training. Originally published in hardcover in 1973, the book is now available in paperback for the first time. "One of the longest, most minutely detailed, and most fascinating case reports in the psychiatric literature. . . . An extremely original contribution to the study of perversion."-Ethel Spector Person, M.D., from the Foreword "One of the great clinical case studies. Splitting demonstrates the power of psychoanalytic reasoning in the twentieth century."-Gilbert Herdt, University of Chicago
Categories: Personality disorders

The War Film

The War Film

Yvonne Tasker Soldiers ' Stories : Women and Military Masculinities in Courage
Under Fire Masculinity ... becomes ... the act of proposing a viable female
masculinity , but in their construction of heroic female protagonists whose very
desire to ...

Author: Robert T. Eberwein

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813534976

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

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War has had a powerful impact on the film industry, while at the same time motion pictures can influence wartime behaviour & shape our perception of the historical record. This book collects essays that use a variety of critical approaches to explore this film genre.
Categories: Performing Arts

Configuring Masculinity in Theory and Literary Practice

Configuring Masculinity in Theory and Literary Practice

l change”. the kinds of masculinity that seem most informative about gender
relations and most generative of socia 73 But if female masculinity should be
integral to the study of gender, Halberstam is asking, then why has female
masculinity ...

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004299009

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

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Configuring Masculinity in Theory and Literary Practice combines a critical survey of the most important concepts in Masculinity Studies with a historical overview of how masculinity has been constructed within British Literature and a special focus on developments in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Feminist Theory and the Body

Feminist Theory and the Body

2.6 F2M : THE MAKING OF FEMALE MASCULINITY Judith Halberstam The
postmodern lesbian body as visualized by recent film and video , as theorized by
queer theory , and as constructed by state of the art cosmetic technology breaks
with ...

Author: Janet Price

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415925665

Category: Social Science

Page: 487

View: 909

Price and Shildrick bring together over 40 important feminist thinkers to discuss key arguments and issues concerning the body. It includes articles on race, cyberspace, theatre, classics, transsexuality, reproductive technologies, illness, rape, plastic surgery, and disabilities. The articles cover many different areas with a stress on the interdisciplinary links of contemporary feminist thought with philosophy, cultural studies, sociology and queer studies. What unites the various approaches represented is the understanding of the body as a site of contestation, the place where feminism can engage directly with the devaluation of women and move on to mobilize strategies of resistance.
Categories: Social Science

Islam and Homosexuality

Islam and Homosexuality

“BECAUSE ALLAH SAYS SO”: FAITHFUL BODIES, FEMALE MASCULINITIES,
AND THE MALAY MUSLIM COMMUNITY OF SINGAPORE Nur'Adlina Maulod
and Nurhaizatul Jamila Jamil “Because Allah Says So” proposes a rediscovery of
 ...

Author: Samar Habib

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313379031

Category: Religion

Page: 503

View: 798

An extensive collection of essays that examines the place of homosexuality in the contemporary and classical Muslim world.
Categories: Religion

Men s Cinema

Men s Cinema

In Female Masculinity (that this term is not pluralised is potentially problematic)
Halberstam opens by looking at masculinity from the other end of the telescope
as it were. After asking: 'What is “masculinity”? . . . If masculinity is not the social ...

Author: Stella Bruzzi

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748676194

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 748

Men's Cinema offers a fresh theorisation of men in Hollywood cinema via a theoretical discussion of definitions of masculinity and the close textual analysis of classic and contemporary films. Through an examination of mise-en-scene, Men's Cinema moves beyond discussions of representation and narrative to an exploration of the physical or instinctive effects of cinema and how we are invited to engage with, desire or identify with Hollywood's vision of men and masculinity. By delineating how Hollywood has built up and refined the language of men's cinema through a series of recurrent, refined tropes, this book critically explores masculinity and the concept of a male aesthetic within film.Films discussed include: The Deer Hunter, Dirty Harry, Goodfellas, Inception, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Once Upon a Time in the West, Point Break, Raging Bull, Rebel Without A Cause, Reservoir Dogs, Sherlock Holmes, There's Always Tomorrow, The Wild Bunch.
Categories: Social Science

Fool s Gold

Fool s Gold

Many transgendered stone Butches don't claim the word 'woman' to describe
themselves at all.5 In this account, 'butch'is associated with masculinity, butnot
with being 'like men'. Judith Halberstam's (1998)Female Masculinity considers ...

Author: L. Sargisson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137031075

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

View: 438

What's wrong with the world today and how might it become better (or worse)? These are the questions pursued in this book, which explores the hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares of the 21st century. Through architecture, fiction, theory, film and experiments with everyday life, Sargisson explores contemporary hopes and fears about the future.
Categories: Political Science

Masculinities without Men

Masculinities without Men

Female Masculinity in Twentieth-Century Fictions Jean Bobby Noble ... Anna
Camilleri, Dunja Baus, Anju and Mai at the Toronto Women's Bookstore, Fleen,
Chuck, Trish Salah, Christy Carlson, Susanna Luhmann, Ummni Khan, and the
Khan ...

Author: Jean Bobby Noble

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774859849

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

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Conventional ideas about gender and sexuality dictate that people born with male bodies naturally possess both a man's identity and a man's right to authority. Recent scholarship in the field of gender studies, however, exposes the complex political technologies that construct gender as a supposedly unchanging biological essence with self-evident links to physicality, identity, and power. In Masculinities without Men? Jean Bobby Noble explores how the construction of gender was thrown into crisis during the twentieth century, resulting in a permanent rupture in the sex/gender system, and how masculinity became an unstable category, altered across time, region, social class, and ethnicity.
Categories: Social Science

Straights

Straights

The concepts of emphasized femininity and female masculinity capture two poles
of women's gendered practices, with emphasized femininity naming the
hegemonic location of feminine identity practices and female masculinity
describing one ...

Author: James Joseph Dean

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814789414

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 240

Since the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the politics of sexual identity in America have drastically transformed. It’s almost old news that recent generations of Americans have grown up in a culture more accepting of out lesbians and gay men, seen the proliferation of LGBTQ media representation, and witnessed the attainment of a range of legal rights for same-sex couples. But the changes wrought by a so-called “post-closeted culture” have not just affected the queer community—heterosexuals are also in the midst of a sea change in how their sexuality plays out in everyday life. In Straights, James Joseph Dean argues that heterosexuals can neither assume the invisibility of gays and lesbians, nor count on the assumption that their own heterosexuality will go unchallenged. The presumption that we are all heterosexual, or that there is such a thing as ‘compulsory heterosexuality,’ he claims, has vanished. Based on 60 in-depth interviews with a diverse group of straight men and women, Straights explores how straight Americans make sense of their sexual and gendered selves in this new landscape, particularly with an understanding of how race does and does not play a role in these conceptions. Dean provides a historical understanding of heterosexuality and how it was first established, then moves on to examine the changing nature of masculinity and femininity and, most importantly, the emergence of a new kind of heterosexuality—notably, for men, the metrosexual, and for women, the emergence of a more fluid sexuality. The book also documents the way heterosexuals interact and form relationships with their LGBTQ family members, friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. Although homophobia persists among straight individuals, Dean shows that being gay-friendly or against homophobic expressions is also increasingly common among straight Americans. A fascinating study, Straights provides an in-depth look at the changing nature of sexual expression in America. Instructors: PowerPoint slides for each chapter are available by clicking on the files below. Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6
Categories: Social Science

Language and Masculinities

Language and Masculinities

INTRODUCTION In her groundbreaking book, Female Masculinity (1998),
Halberstam argues that masculinity studies must go beyond the limiting focus of
masculinity among men. Though this chapter is not about female masculinity per
se, ...

Author: Tommaso M. Milani

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317638926

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 250

View: 759

This volume showcases cutting-edge research in the linguistic and discursive study of masculinities, comprising the first significant edited collection on language and masculinities since Johnson and Meinhof’s 1997 volume. Overall, the chapters are linked together by a critical analytical perspective that seeks to understand the relationships between discourse, masculinities, and power. Whereas some of the chapters offer detailed, linguistically informed critiques of the ways in which old and new expressions of masculinities are complicit in the reproduction of men’s hegemonic positions of power, others provide a more complex picture, one in which collusion and subversion go hand in hand. Contributions argue for the need for research on language and masculinities to expand its remit so as to engage with "gay masculinities," and unsettle gendered categories in order to consider the ways in which women, transgender, and intersex individuals also perform a variety of masculinities. Finally, unlike Johnson and Meinhof’s 1997 collection, this volume not only offers a wider—and perhaps "queerer" perspective—on the study of language and masculinities, but also covers a broader geographical and socio-cultural spectrum, including work on Brazil, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Education and Masculinities

Education and Masculinities

5 Feminisation, remasculinisation and female masculinity Introduction Chapter 5
explores a range of concepts, namely feminisation, remasculinisation and female
masculinity, that are seen as of central significance to an historical and ...

Author: Chris Haywood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136730818

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 606

Argues that the relationship between education and masculinities needs to be considered within the ‘bigger picture’ of local and global-based changes in society.
Categories: Education

Cool Men and the Second Sex

Cool Men and the Second Sex

But I would caution in turn against simply assuming , as Halberstam does more
often than not , that female masculinity — whether in the style of a Brando or a
Bush - automatically empties masculinity of its sexism . Halberstam ' s last
chapter ...

Author: Susan Fraiman

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231129629

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

View: 990

The author identifies a number of male figures with 'cool masculinity', including Edward Said, Henry Louis Gates Jr, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee and Brian de Palma.
Categories: Social Science

From Wiseguys to Wise Men

From Wiseguys to Wise Men

thinking about gender variations such as male femininity and female masculinity
not simply to create another binary in which masculinity is not simply the opposite
of female femininity, nor is it a female version of male masculinity ... very often ...

Author: Fred Gardaphe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135397791

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 980

The gangster, in the hands of the Italian American artist, becomes a telling figure in the tale of American race, gender, and ethnicity - a figure that reflects the autobiography of an immigrant group just as it reflects the fantasy of a native population. From Wiseguys to Wise Men studies the figure of the gangster and explores its social function in the construction and projection of masculinity in the United States. By looking at the cultural icon of the gangster through the lens of gender, this book presents new insights into material that has been part of American culture for close to 100 years.
Categories: History

The Victorian Freak Show

The Victorian Freak Show

Physical descriptions of masculine women thus become more positive, even
when the physical traits described would have been ... In her study Female
Masculinity, Judith Halberstam argues for the masculine woman “as a historical
fixture, ...

Author: Lillian Craton

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 9781604976533

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

View: 229

"The Victorian freak show was at once mainstream and subversive. Spectacles of strange, exotic, and titillating bodies drew large middle-class audiences in England throughout much of the nineteenth century, and souvenir portraits of performing freaks even found their way into Victorian family albums. At the same time, the imagery and practices of the freak show shocked Victorian sensibilities and sparked controversy about both the boundaries of physical normalcy and morality in entertainment. Marketing tactics for the freak show often made use of common ideological assumptions - compulsory female domesticity and British imperial authority, for instance - but reflected these ideas with the surreal distortion of a fun-house mirror. Not surprisingly, the popular fiction written for middle-class Victorian readers also calls upon imagery of extreme physical difference, and the odd-bodied characters that people nineteenth-century fiction raise meaningful questions about the relationships between physical difference and the social expectations that shaped Victorian life." "This book is primarily an aesthetic analysis of freak show imagery as it appears in Victorian popular fiction, including the works of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Guy de Maupassant, Florence Marryat, and Lewis Carroll. It argues that, in spite of a strong nineteenth-century impulse to define and defend normalcy, images of radical physical difference are often framed in surprisingly positive ways in Victorian fiction. The dwarves, fat people, and bearded ladies who intrude on the more conventional imagery of Victorian novels serve to shift the meaning of those works' main plots and characters, sometimes sharpening satires of the nineteenth-century treatment of the poor or disabled, sometimes offering new traits and behaviors as supplements for restrictive social norms." --Book Jacket.
Categories: Literary Criticism