hyper masculine leather ? bullshit. i dont think so

October 19, 2007


Layers of leather: The identity formation of leathermen as a process of transforming meanings of masculinity.
Mosher CM, Levitt HM, Manley E.

Counseling Psychology Program, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA.

Leathermen form a gay male subculture that eroticizes leather dress and symbols. This investigation examined the relationship of participants’ leather identity to their gender and sexual identities. In addition, the participants described their process of leather identity development, and its meanings and purposes. Six self-identified leathermen participated in semi-structured interviews that were subjected to a grounded-theory analysis. The analysis suggested that leathermen develop a unique form of masculinity, integrating care and vulnerability with an aesthetic of heightened masculine appearance. Flexible interactional scripts allow for gendered signs to be enacted, designating a social status that is not recognized by the mainstream gay community. Findings are discussed in relation to previous research on gay male masculinity, gay community, sexual identity formation, and internalized homophobia.

PMID: 17135117 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Emo, the new gay geek

August 26, 2006

“Emo” = emotional. It is a transparent character.

The emo doesnt fight for acceptance.

How many people do not feel alone, sad and write poetry.

How many do not feel the pain of “Picked last in gym classes”.


There is a trend of gay boys into the “emo” movement.

Many punks and weirds feel the same rejection from the “populars”.

“Emos” are ostracise with punk music, veggies and their miserable existance.

They are not straight acting wannabees, developing crushes on idealize hunks.

It is a very brave character, stronger than a muscle protein princess.

Instead, they are alternative geeks expressing their anger and depression.

Rebeling against the main stream.

Hopefully in search of a positive self image, and a succesfull exit to life existance.

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