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Before gay liberation gay men were usually perceived as failed men inverts men trapped in women's bodies The 1970s saw a radical shift in gay male culture as a male homosexuality emerged that embraced atraditional masculine ethos The gay clone a muscle bound sexually free hard living Marlboro man appeared in the gay enclaves of major cities changing forever the face of gay male culture Gay Macho presents the ethnography of this homosexual clone Martin P Levine a pioneer of the sociological study of homosexuality was among the first social scientists to map the emergence of a gay community and this new style of gay masculinity Levine was a participant in as well as an observer of gay culture in the 1970s and this perspective allowed him to capture the true flavor of what it was like to be a gay man before AIDS Levine's clone was a gender conformist whose masculinity was demonstrated in patterns of social interaction and especially in his sexuality According to Levine his life centered around the four D's disco drugs dish and dick Later chapters based on Levine's pathbreaking empirical research explore some of the epidemiological and social conseuences of the AIDS epidemic on this particular substratum of the gay community Although Levine explicitly refuses to pathologize gay men afflicted with HIV his work develops a scathing feminist inspired critiue of masculinity whether practiced by gay or straight menBefore gay liberation gay men were usually perceived as failed men inverts men trapped in women's bodies The 1970s saw a radical shift in gay male culture as a male homosexuality emerged that embraced atraditional masculine ethos The gay clone a muscle bound sexually free hard living Marlboro man appeared in the gay enclaves of major cities changing forever the face of gay male culture Gay Macho presents the ethnography of this homosexual clone Martin P Levine a pioneer of the sociological study of homosexuality was among the first social scientists to map the emergence of a gay community and this new style of gay masculinity Levine was a participant in as well as an observer of gay culture in the 1970s and this perspective allowed him to capture the true flavor of what it was like to be a gay man before AIDS Levine's clone was a gender conformist whose masculinity was demonstrated in patterns of social interaction and especially in his sexuality According to Levine his life centered around the four D's disco drugs dish and dick Later chapters based on Levine's pathbreaking empirical research explore some of the epidemiological and social conseuences of the AIDS epidemic on this particular substratum of the gay community Although Levine explicitly refuses to pathologize gay men afflicted with HIV his work develops a scathing feminist inspired critiue of masculinity whether practiced by gay or straight menBefore gay liberation gay men were usually perceived as failed men inverts men trapped in women's bodies The 1970s saw a radical shift in gay male culture as a male homosexuality emerged that embraced atraditional masculine ethos The gay clone a muscle bound sexually free hard living Marlboro man appeared in the gay enclaves of major cities changing forever the face of gay male culture Gay Macho presents the ethnography of this homosexual clone Martin P Levine a pioneer of the sociological study of homosexuality was among the first social scientists to map the emergence of a gay community and this new style of gay masculinity Levine was a participant in as well as an observer of gay culture in the 1970s and this perspective allowed him to capture the true flavor of what it was like to be a gay man before AIDS Levine's clone was a gender conformist whose masculinity was demonstrated in patterns of social interaction and especially in his sexuality According to Levine his life centered around the four D's disco drugs dish and dick Later chapters based on Levine's pathbreaking empirical research explore some of the epidemiological and social conseuences of the AIDS epidemic on this particular substratum of the gay community Although Levine explicitly refuses to pathologize gay men afflicted with HIV his work develops a scathing feminist inspired critiue of masculinity whether practiced by gay or straight men


1 thoughts on “Gay Macho: The Life and Death of the Homosexual Clone

  1. says:

    A very detailed account of gay life in US cities in the 70s which brought back many memories The analysis is fascinating as is the topic of the gay clone I would have liked to read about the decline of macho culture but maybe that's too big a topic for one book?