Challenging the anti-Pleasure league: Physique pictorial and the cultivation of gay politics

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Abstract

Male physique magazines populated the racks at urban newsstands across the nation in cold war America, circulating too through the mails, sometimes openly, sometimes in plain brown wrappers. In an age of heightened national anxiety over bodies, desires, and the national project, nobody embraced the magazines. To the authorities they were often obscene representations of a threatening and deviant homosexual underworld, to be suppressed at all costs; to the burgeoning homophile movement, they were an unseemly blemish invoking too many lurid stereotypes about gay identity at a time when the movement’s primary goal was respectability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModern Print Activism in the United States
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages161-177
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781317094630
ISBN (Print)9781409454779
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities

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