By Lee F. Monaghan
Many myths encompass male our bodies and linked bodywork, in particular whilst such bodywork is labelled culturally or socially strange or 'problematic'. Bodybuilding, for instance, has been defined by way of gender inadequacy and an 'Adonis complicated' similar to opposite anorexia, whereas males electing to suffer aesthetic plastic surgery are deemed 'too involved' approximately their visual appeal and therefore woman-like. Myths additionally discredit males and boys who don't interact in applicable bodywork while this can be anticipated. for example, amidst public future health issues surrounding a so-called 'obesity epidemic', males and boys who face up to actual job and/or makes an attempt to advertise a 'healthy weight' are deemed ignorant, apathetic and short of correction.
Drawing on vast box learn carried out in North the USA and Britain over a twenty 12 months interval, this ebook demanding situations such masculine delusion making. aware of a wealthy sociological culture that seeks to appreciate the social international as lived and skilled, the authors supply insights which are prone to problem universal perceptions of assorted teams of fellows and boys, their varied actual cultures, shared methods of being and identities.
Presenting empirically grounded understandings of various physically practices and discourses together with bodybuilding, plastic surgery, eating regimen and nightclub protection, demanding Myths of Masculinity will attract students of sociology, geography and cultural stories, with pursuits in gender, embodiment and masculinities.
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Extra info for Challenging Myths of Masculinity: Understanding Physical Cultures
Admittedly, steroid use may be necessary for the ageing male athlete if muscle mass is to be improved or simply maintained. For those abstaining from chemical assistance, it is nevertheless 29 Challenging Myths of Masculinity possible to derive pleasure from the fact that at least some control is being exerted over the ageing looking-glass body. Hence, the contemporary dream of realized subjectivity and self-command is partially achieved in the realm of finite corporeality (Wachter 1984). The Erotics of the Gym and Pragmatic Embodiment Hart and Carter (2000) bemoan the absence of a discourse on pleasure from public discussion of health and risk consumption; the failure to address local contexts of immediate, physically sensed wellbeing.
While at an analytical level the study of the body demands a transcendence of dualistic thinking, at the experiential level dualistic thinking may be perpetuated (Williams and Bendelow 1998). Indeed, because we are able to conceive of ourselves as objects, it is possible to experience the self in the same manner described by Descartes. That is, where mind and body are separate. Wachter (1984: 59) discusses the logic of ‘somatic culture’ in the following terms, which also has value when seeking to understand bodybuilders’ talk about fighting the ageing process: There is some truth in the old Cartesian mind-body dualism, corporeal existence is a profoundly alienating experience of duality.
Inasmuch, passers not only attempt to manage discrediting stigma signs they have internalized as accurate reflections of the self, but also implied stigma that are misapplied to them. 43 Challenging Myths of Masculinity Cosmetics and Male Femininity as a Proactive Response to Crisis In a poignant analysis of the gendering of power in Western figurations, Brinkgreve (2004) comments that men’s social control has been challenged along a number of lines, especially men’s (in the ‘traditional’ Canadian middleclass) ability to wield unfettered dominance (both physical and symbolic) and aggression as public practice (for a less restrained though nonetheless increasingly regulated cultural milieu, see Chapter 3 on nightclub security work in Britain).