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By Todd W. Reeser

Masculinities in thought is a transparent, concise, and entire creation to the sector of masculinity reviews from a humanities perspective.

• Serves as a much-needed advent to the sphere for college kids and students of cultural reports, literature, paintings, movie, conversation, historical past, and gender studies

• comprises discussions of gay/queer, feminist, and gender reports on the subject of masculinity

• Covers the major theoretical techniques to the research of masculinity, and introduces new models

• Explores the query ?What is masculinity and the way does it work???

• seems at language, discourse, signification, strength, cross-dressing, girl, queer?and transsexual masculinity, race and masculinity, state and masculinity, interracial masculinities, and masculinities in history.

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By employing a framework influenced by the theoretical work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, masculinity would be defined as a series of possibilities, a series of constant becomings: I might perceive my desire for that woman on the street, but that desire might morph into a desire of some other type for her husband, which creates the possibility of a new kind of relation with him, which might lead to another desire not coded as heterosexual or as some other prefabricated tag. Masculinity would then be constituted by a myriad of masculinities, by an endless series of different masculinities that never recur.

The idea of a problematic, flaccid masculinity could be seen as a result of a capitalist need to sell a product first and foremost, and explain why it is largely through advertising that this problem and its solution are constructed. The constructs of mascuIin­ ity conveyed through Viagra can therefore be viewed through various discursive lenses - as about masculinity, as about medicine, or as about capitalism - and these discourses can be viewed as interacting in various ways. Masculinity might need to be a problem in capitalistic discourse so 34 Theorizing Masculinity that products can be sold, but in a discourse around masculinity, the problem might be constructed on its own without reference to advertis­ ing at all.

How, then, can masculinity be imagined as in a constant proc­ ess of movement? It is sometimes thought, for instance, that gender is a continuum, with masculinity at one end and femininity at the other and that human beings ( men and women) oscillate from moment to moment between the two gender poles on that continuum. Masculinity is not static: 1 might have a certain amount of masculinity while I am playing base­ ball, but less in the evening when I am at home cooking dinner for the kids, that amount being culturally or individually defined and itself open to change.

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