Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

Jonathan Rutherford

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pp. 3-20

In this new introduction to Male Order I want to focus on one significant development since 1988: the male reaction against women and liberal sexual politics. ...

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Who's That Man

Jonathan Rutherford

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pp. 21-67

A few months ago a middle aged man left a workshop on the politics of the family. He was upset. He said to me, 'A group of women were saying that they didn't trust men to look after their children. It was as though they were saying that all men are child molesters. ...

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Look Back in Anger: Men in the 50s

Lynne Segal

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pp. 68-96

'A new hero has risen among us' wrote Walter Allen in his influential review of Kingsley Amis' first novel Lucky Jim in January 1954. 1 The new hero is male, the 'intellectual tough' or 'tough intellectual'. He is rude, crude and clumsy, boasts his political apathy, his suspicion of all causes, and he is out to do nobody any good but himself. ...

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Race, Sexual Politics and Black Masculinity: A Dossier

Kobena Mercer, Isaac Julien

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pp. 97-164

This chapter is essentially a collage of articles, images and arguments which document our activities and interventions around the cultural politics of sex and race. For both of us the context in which this work began was the Gay Black Group, a small nucleus of gay men of Asian, African and Caribbean descent which formed in London during 1981. ...

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Getting a Bit of the Other: The Pimps of Postmodernism

Suzanne Moore

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pp. 165-192

If I was your girlfriend ... so sings Prince on the hit single taken from his Sign of the Times LP. Prince, precocious and perverse – the perfect Postmodern Man. Slithering between hetero and homosexuality, blackness and whiteness, masculinity and femininity ...

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Boys Own? Masculinity, Style and Popular Culture

Frank Mort

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pp. 193-224

Imagine yourself on Tottenham High Road on a winter Saturday afternoon. The pavements are blocked, but not with Christmas shoppers. A continuous stream of male youth are making for the Spurs ground. Look once and it might be the rituals of the class played out unchanged since the 50s. Look again. It is 1987, not 1957. ...

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The Great Pretender: Variations on the New Man Theme

Rowena Chapman

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pp. 225-248

'He can't help acting on impulse', trills the perfume ad, as a disembodied hand thrusts a posy at an unsuspecting female; all boys are thus characterised the hopeless dupes of romantic fantasy, mere slaves to the caprice of their olfactory systems. ...

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Roundtable Discussion: Mending the Broken Heart of Socialism

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pp. 249-271

Trade unionists have been making some attempts to accommodate to changing gender relations at work. However the masculine culture of the labour movement is deeply rooted, and the changes are very slow. Here Cynthia Cockburn chairs a discussion reviewing the situation so far. ...

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Fathering, Authority and Masculinity

Victor Seidler

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pp. 272-302

The visions of authority which we inherit within Western culture are tied up with conceptions of the father. Both Judaism and Christianity have learnt to think in terms of God The Father, though they have different conceptions of this relationship. ...

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Masculinity, the Left and Feminism

Cynthia Cockburn

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pp. 303-329

In some countries of Europe one finds few women today who will describe themselves as socialist feminists, or even as marxist feminists. This is not because such women are liberal, bourgeois or rightwards inclined. Far from it. Feminism in Greece and Spain for example was born as part of the struggle against fascism and it retains that stance today. ...