Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality 5.2: preview II

Alongside the previously reported articles The Patriarch’s Nuts: Concerning the Testicular Logic of Biblical Hebrew by Roland Boer (University of Newcastle) and Calling, Devotion, and Transformation: Men Embodying Spirituality at a Protestant Seminary by Timothy D. Lincoln (Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary), the next issue of JMMS contains the following articles:

Hegemonic Masculinity and Blake’s “Mission of Mercy”: David Mamet’s Cinematic Adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross as Postmodern Satire of Fundamentalist Christianity by Jared Champion (Boston University)

This article explores the 1992 film adaptation of David Mamet’s 1983 satirical stage play Glengarry Glen Ross, particularly as the cinematic satire attacks the connections and similarities between fundamentalist Christianity and hegemonic masculinity. Since over a decade separates the stage play from the screen version, the writer employs an interdisciplinary American studies methodology that borrows from a variety of scholarship—history, literature, and religion—to argue that new insights can be gleaned by situating the cinematic adaptation amidst the rise of American fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity at the end of the 20th century. Through the addition of the screen character Blake (Alec Baldwin), who does not exist within the play and is not specifically identified by name within the film, the adaptation becomes an allegory for legalistic Christianity’s unique narrative of history. Blake’s overwhelming masculinity, as well as his sales success ultimatum, emphasizes the way both Christian fundamentalism and hegemonic masculinity rely upon binary definitions of faith and gender—Christian / non-Christian, masculine / feminine—respectively. In order to maintain an individual’s participation in both domains, there is no almost category: one either is Christian or masculine or one is not. As such, the film functions as a postmodern satire that simultaneously attacks both domains without proposing any new system(s) to replace the reductive binaries proposed therein.

Intimate Relationship Behaviors of Cuban Male College Students by Chrysalis L. Wright (St Cloud State University)

To assess the influence of acculturation and religiosity on the intimate relationship behaviors of Cuban males, 62 male college students from Cuba answered questions regarding their acculturation to American society, religiosity, and dating and sexual history. Cuban males were allowed to date by their parents at an early age, went on their first date and had their first girlfriend similar to the age when parents allowed dating, and had their first sexual encounter within three years of dating initiation. Religiosity impacted when parents allowed dating and first sexual encounter of youth. Acculturation impacted age at initial dating, first girlfriend, and first sexual encounter. Cuban males who were less acculturated to American society were at an increased risk of early dating behaviors and early sexual activity.

2 thoughts on “Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality 5.2: preview II

  1. A reminder to watch this great movie again. My memory is of greed, shame , humiliation and hopelessness. A great night in front of the telly.

    1. I think it would be a more complex tale now. Take this quote from the movie, “You see this watch? You see this watch? That watch costs more than your car. I made $970,000 last year. How much did you make? You see pal. That’s who I am, and you’re nothing. Nice guy? I don’t give a shit. Good father? Fuck you—go home and play with your kids. You want to work here? CLOSE!”

      Back then, closing would be enough, and they wouldn’t care what you thought about it: now they want you to fully embody the management ideology, pretend it is about something far more cerebral than closing, AND probably be willing to do it for less money because it confers a certain social capital.

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