Homosocial desire in mens talk – Keilsing

I downloaded this paper in a batch, looking for quant-linguistics on masculine talk and discourse. On skimming the abstract I was put off at the lack of corpus scope but after reading I was reminded of the importance of reference papers.

These are papers where you can scalp a whole bunch of useful info to use in your future research, even if the paper in question is of negligible use.

Kiesling, Scott Fabius. “Homosocial desire in men’s talk: Balancing and re-creating cultural discourses of masculinity.” Language in Society 34, no. 5 (2005): 695-726.

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Is pedophillia a sexual orientation – Seto

In this paper, Seto proposes that pedophilia, that is currently thought of as a conscious choice, is actually closer in it’s patterns to a sexual orientation. He acknowledges that this is a pretty out there. With convincing comparisons with regards to the onset, the romantic behaviour and the stability of pedophilia, Seto is able to build a case that challenges current ways of thinking but leaves some ethical questions in the mouth.

Why am I covering it? Because as Seto mentions early in the paper, pedophilia is predominantly a masculine infliction.

Seto, Michael C. “Is pedophilia a sexual orientation?.” Archives of sexual behavior 41, no. 1 (2012): 231-236.

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Ascetic Hedonism: self and sexual conquest in the seduction community – Hendriks

Whilst they may be old news, PickUp Artists (PUA) are the forefathers of The Red Pill, MGTOW and most of the modern post-hegemonic masculinities. The homosocial space based on self improvement proved so persuasive and topical that PUA were able to host TV shows, and have their methodologies accepted into dating cannon (because that’s totally a thing).

Hendricks asked what makes PUA tick, what are the core values and how is it similar to other movements. We’ve seen the inner workings and context of PUA in Nerds and Their Discontent  but now it’s time to situate their values within self-help.

Hendriks, Eric C. “Ascetic Hedonism: self and sexual conquest in the seduction community.” Cultural Analysis 11 (2012): 1-16.

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The nerd and his discontent: game as geeky solution to challenges of masculinity – Almog & Kaplan

Ever wondered how to make your lot in life better? If you’re a nerd then odds are you feel somewhat out of the love loop… what if there was an expensive program that could tell you how to objectify women and yet also have more sex?

Let’s look into the fun world of PUA and it’s link to nerd culture.

Almog, Ran, and Danny Kaplan. “The nerd and his discontent: The seduction community and the logic of the game as a geeky solution to the challenges of young masculinity.” Men and Masculinities 20, no. 1 (2017): 27-48.

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Masculinities in Cyberspace – Schmitz & Kazyak

You know me, I’m fascinated by masculinities online and when I came across this citation I just couldn’t resist! I’m usually a stickler for methodology in gender research but this paper really got me thinking. I’ll admit it’s not my perfect cup of tea…

But it’s pretty close!

Schmitz, R. M., & Kazyak, E. (2016). Masculinities in Cyberspace: An Analysis of Portrayals of Manhood in Men’s Rights Activist Websites. Social Sciences5(2), 18.

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You Da Man – Mucholtz

Why and how is black masculinity replicated by white boys in a mixed race US high school? The answer may only be regarding one boy, in one racially charged situation but it does offer some pointers on how masculinity is represented in linguistics.

Bucholtz, M. (1999). You da man: Narrating the racial other in the production of white masculinity. Journal of sociolinguistics, 3(4), 443-460.

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Herbivorous men of Japan – Tamaru… Part 2

Last week we left off after reading the Introduction and Historical Origins of the Sôshokukei Danshi (or herbivorous men). The insights were prescience and original (to me at least). The final 4 chapters are a mixed bag however. Whilst the chapters dealing the critique directed at Japanese men who reject traditional masculinity propose nothing new, the linguistic analysis of agency is spot on!

Tamaru, C. A. (2012). The “herbivorous” men of Japan: negotiating new masculinities (Doctoral dissertation).

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Herbivorous men of Japan – Tamaru… Part 1

As this paper is in the form of a doctoral thesis, it’s a little longer than what I’ve been working through up till now. Beyond just the length, there is a greater depth of detail that I get to digest and frankly, this paper is worth digesting. This post is on the first two chapters, an introduction and the ‘Historical Origins of the sôshokukei danshi . These chapters set the scene and give us a background of the cultural landscape that the herbivorous men live in.

Tamaru, C. A. (2012). The” herbivorous” men of Japan: negotiating new masculinities (Doctoral dissertation).

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