Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

13 March 2011

Thoughts on Masculinity...

I am studying for my big exams right now and while reviewing José Esteban Muñoz's game-changing book Disidentifications, I came across this great critique of masculinity studies that made me smile: 

I see very little advantage in recuperating the term masculinity because, as a category, masculinity has normalized heterosexual and masculinist privilege. Masculinity is, among other things, a cultural imperative to enact a mode of “manliness” that is calibrated to shut down queer possibilities and energies. The social construct of masculinity is experienced by far too many men as a regime of power that labors to invalidate, exclude, and extinguish faggotry, effeminacy, and queerly coated butchness.