By Lee F. Monaghan
Many myths encompass male our bodies and linked bodywork, specially whilst such bodywork is labelled culturally or socially peculiar or 'problematic'. Bodybuilding, for instance, has been defined by way of gender inadequacy and an 'Adonis advanced' reminiscent of opposite anorexia, whereas males electing to endure aesthetic plastic surgery are deemed 'too involved' approximately their visual appeal and therefore woman-like. Myths additionally discredit males and boys who don't interact in acceptable bodywork whilst this can be anticipated. for example, amidst public health and wellbeing issues surrounding a so-called 'obesity epidemic', males and boys who face up to actual task and/or makes an attempt to advertise a 'healthy weight' are deemed ignorant, apathetic and short of correction.
Drawing on huge box study performed in North the United States and Britain over a twenty yr interval, this publication demanding situations such masculine delusion making. conscious of a wealthy sociological culture that seeks to appreciate the social global as lived and skilled, the authors supply insights which are prone to problem universal perceptions of assorted teams of fellows and boys, their assorted actual cultures, shared methods of being and identities.
Presenting empirically grounded understandings of numerous physically practices and discourses together with bodybuilding, plastic surgery, healthy eating plan and nightclub protection, not easy Myths of Masculinity will entice students of sociology, geography and cultural reviews, with pursuits in gender, embodiment and masculinities.
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Certainly, experiential embodiment can be most problematic for 34 ‘Postmodern’ Muscle: The Embodied Pleasures of Vibrant Physicality health professionals because it is here that ‘the social and physical boundaries [of bodies] touch’ (Watson 2000: 119). However, describing the experience and wider impact of emotion and hidden visceral processes, which are associated with intense physical exercise, helps to explain ‘risky’ body work. Here the often chemically enhanced ‘healthy’ bodies actively participating in gym culture experience wellbeing, and are perhaps ‘en-abled’ as ‘fit body-subject[s] [to] inhabit the world in new ways’ (Neville 2013: 490).
Attributing bodybuilding and associated ‘physiologically detrimental’ practices to ignorance, apathy, risky selfish behaviour or other inadequacies not only rides roughshod over reality; such a stance is likely to have the unintended consequence of alienating a population who may otherwise be receptive to harm minimization programmes, at sites such as Well Steroid User clinics. 37 This page has been left blank intentionally Chapter 2 Cosmetic Surgery: Men Who Walk/Erase the Gender Line Michael Atkinson I stepped into an ethnographic project on men’s cosmetic surgery in the early autumn of 2004.
Keane (2005: 197) notes in relation to dominant constructions of steroid users that the invocation of addiction ‘brings them into a well-established discourse of disease and recovery, in which the restoration of health demands submission to psychological and medical expertise’ including the prescription of anti-depressants. Amidst such moralizing and medicalization it would appear that the similarity between bodybuilding and drug dependency, for those positively embroiled in this subculture, is not a literal comparison.
Challenging Myths of Masculinity: Understanding Physical Cultures by Lee F. Monaghan