Gay Sadomasochism as Hyper-Masculine Performance
|Theoretical Approaches to Gender
|Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
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.