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The “Queer” Issue

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I’m currently writing the introduction to Masculinities in a Global Era (always the last job in a book). Here’s a paragraph which speaks to my frequent queer references: The importance of non-straight sexuality is far greater than “merely” representing the experiences of a minority of men. I believe this issue is of crucial importance to […]

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Thinking and Masculinity

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What an optimistic vision of masculinity in the new issue of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. In her article, “Masculinity as a Center, Centered Masculinity,” Susan B. Parlow writes of the men she sees: White, heterosexual, well-educated, affluent, and in their early 20s, these “insider” men could be seen as the canonical center of American […]

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The Gay Assumption, Again

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Just this morning, someone arrived at my blog by confidently Googling “Joseph Gelfer is gay”. I get this kind of thing quite a bit. Sometimes it comes as a direct question, other times it is about someone revising my biographical data on Wikipedia (oddly, the same wiki-vandal also had a bone to pick with the […]

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Joe Perez: outtake

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Further to the previous post about Perez’s article: when I originally wrote Numen, Old Men I included a few thoughts about Perez’s book Soulfully Gay, but they didn’t make the final draft. I really wanted to like Perez’s book, because of the importance of bringing gay (i.e. counterhegemonic) voices to the integral table, but I […]

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A Manifesto for Radical Masculinity

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Here’s an article that runs counter to the usual nonsense: A Manifesto for Radical Masculinity (warning, link may not be safe for work) by Sinclair Sexsmith at Carnal SF. Sexsmith asks the questions, “How can I be a feminist and be masculine? Does feminism devalue masculinity? Isn’t that the same problem as devaluing femininity? And […]

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Joe, are you gay?

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A reader from Amazon.com asks the question, “Joe, are you gay?” after reading my suggestion that gay spirituality has some value for both gay and straight men (for what it’s worth, and if you think you can safely deduce an answer from this fact, I’m married with three children). He goes on to note, “I’m […]

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Joseph Gelfer: Dictator

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One of the dirty little secrets of having your own website is trawling through the user statistics to see where people come from to get to the site, and the search terms they use. Historically my favorite has been someone arriving from the search “related:www.iraniangaydoctors.com”. How I am related to iraniangaydoctors.com I do not know, […]

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Numen, Old Men and Twitterspheric Theoerotics

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One of the chapters in Numen, Old Men explores the idea that gay spirituality is a useful model for all masculine spirituality, as it is one type of spirituality performed solely by men (lesbian sisters clearly assumed to be separate) which resists the patriarchal tendencies often perpetuated by masculine spirituality. This process also refers to […]