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Gay Sadomasochism as Hyper-Masculine Performance

Theoretical Approaches to Gender WGST 6602
Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Spring 2013


Gay men involved in sadomasochistic sexuality display a performance of hyper-masculine behavior. Through the appropriation of masculine artifacts due to fetishistic desire the material traits of masculinity are implemented and hyper-masculine roles are enacted. Sadomasochistic behaviors themselves emulate homosocial interactions in erotic spaces, producing a gay clone of hyper-masculine culture.

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