115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Seeing Masculine Alternatives: Queer Masculinities in American Visual Cultures

Session Chair: 
Edward Chamberlain, University of Washington Tacoma
Session 9: Sunday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Education (Brogan) 102


  1. Christian Lenz, TU Dortmund University (Germany)
    Every man watches porn; not only watches, but gazes at porn actors and thus enters pornotopia. Applying theories of the heterotopia as well as the gaze, I aim to show first that watching porn is a complex phenomenon because watching or gazing at porn films has severe repercussions on the extradiegetic reality of the gazing subject: viewers start to believe the ‘reality’ that is created by porn actors. Secondly, especially gay men involve the ‘learned rules’ of pornotopia in their mating behavior on Grindr and turn real people into (unreal) porn bodies.
  2. Giannina Reyes Giardiello, University of Portland
    This presentation will recount the importance of Lucha Libre´s masked wrestlers to analyze and explain its nowadays constant presence in the media of the United States and other countries; and how--at the same time--they have transformed into symbols of identity for young male immigrants, and social activists. 
  3. Steven Ruszczycky, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
     While pornographic images of gay masculinity have commanded the attention of queer scholars since the publication of Thomas Waugh’s Hard to Imagine (1996), writing has also been crucial for imagining same-sex intimacies between men. I consider how gay masculinity has emerged out of the tension between word and image. 
  4. Lauren White, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Viewing gender in Don DeLillo’s White Noise as a product of socialization reveals the threat feminism and modernization posed to patriarchal society in the twentieth century leading to the reshaping of masculinities. 
Session Cancelled: