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Title: What a difference a gay makes: The constitution of the 'older gay man'
Contributor(s): Leonard, William (author); Duncan, Duane  (author)orcid ; Barrett, Catherine (author)
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: There's an old joke in gay circles that 30 years in gay time is the equivalent of 80 years in straight time : gay men, it seems, are over the hill by the time they hit 30! The joke conjures, as it parodies, a common stereotype of gay men and commercial gay culture, ageist and youth-obsessed, even as it highlights the ways in which being gay is constituted in relation to a heterosexual norm. However this joke is read, it captures the exceptionalism of being gay that is still part of many gay men's lives: sexual oddities within an overwhelmingly heterosexual, if not heterosexist, culture. This exceptionalism may be waning for a new generation of gay and queer young men, at a time when support for same-sex marriage and equal love is on the rise and gay issues are being mainstreamed in many Western countries (Gardiner 2011; Victorian Government Department of Health 2009). But for many middle-aged and older gay men, feelings of exceptionalism have framed their sense of who and what they are, and their place, or lack thereof, in the culture at large.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Aging Men, Masculinities and Modern Medicine, p. 105-120
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Oxford, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780415699389
Field of Research (FOR): 169901 Gender Specific Studies
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
160805 Social Change
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920504 Mens Health
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness
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