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The Arena of Masculinity

Sports, Homosexuality, and the Meaning of Sex

Brian Pronger
eISBN-13: 9781429934992

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Sports are perhaps the most visible expression of the ideals of masculinity in our society, and figure as a training ground on which young boys are taught what it means to be a man. Given the involvement of sports with masculinity, the homosexual athlete becomes a paradox, and the recent explosive growth of gay sporting leagues, a puzzle.

Pronger explores the paradoxical position of the gay athlete in a straight sporting world, examines the homoerotic undercurrent subliminally present in the masculine struggle of sports, and explicates the growth of gay sports in the framework of the developing gay culture.

Sold By St. Martin's Press
ISBNs 9781429934992, 9780312062934, 1429934999, 0312062931, 1429934999
Language eng
Number of Pages 320