Genders

Articles from No. 56, Fall

A Body That Does Not Compare: How White Men Define Black Female Beauty in the Era of Colorblindness
"Just the term 'black women' conjures up thoughts of an overweight, dark-skinned, loud, poorly educated person with gold teeth yelling at somebody in public. I hope that doesn't make me racist but honestly that's the 1st thing I think of."- Lee, middle...
Making a Meal of Manhood: Revisiting Rope and the Question of Hitchcock's Homophobia
[1] When D. A. Miller published "Anal Rope," an essay about Alfred Hitchcock's film Rope (1948), in 1990, the AIDS crisis was still raging in the United States, no effective treatment for it was available, homophobia was at its height, and George Bush...
Phallic Nationalism: Limits of Male Homosocial Desire in A Spy on Mother Midnight
[1] In this essay, I am interested in how changing expectations of masculinity are reflected in the erotic text A Spy on Mother Midnight; or, the Templar Metamorphosed and parts two and three of that text, printed the same year, A Continuation of Mr....
Soldiers of Feeling: Masculinity and Patriotism in Innes Munro's Military Memoirs
[1] In the spring of 1789, the impeachment of former East India Company president Warren Hastings for war crimes in India was entering its second year. The outbreak of revolutionary violence in France was still a few months in the future. And a narrative...
The Only Black Man at the Party: Joni Mitchell Enters the Rock Canon
[1] On Halloween of 1976, a week before her thirty-third birthday, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell strutted into a Los Angeles party in dark pancake makeup and a pimp's suit and passed for a black man. For the next six years, Mitchell appeared intermittently...
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