Changing Masculinities in Youth Cultures
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The Metrosexual: Gender, Sexuality, and Sport. David Coad. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008. ISBN 0791474100. 214 pages, $16.95 (paper).
Inclusive Masculinity: The Changing Nature of Masculinities. Eric Anderson. London: Routledge, 2009. ISBN: 0415804620. 190 pages, $95 (hardback).
Guyland. Michael Kimmel. New York: Harper Collins, 2008. ISBN 0060831359, 332 pages, $25.95 (cloth).
A group of 17 year old men stand in the dining hall of the high school where I research their gendered behaviors. They are “popular,” belonging to at least one of the school sports teams. Nonetheless, they dye and gel their hair, and argue about the best type of conditioner. Their t-shirts, a size too small, are worn to highlight their physiques, while low-slung trousers reveal their underwear—stylish fashion accessories with designer labels on show. This overtly sexualized presentation of the male body can increasingly be seen in high schools and on college campuses and sports teams across the US and Britain.
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