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Title: Being the butt of the joke: Homophobic humour, male identity, and its connection to emotional and physical violence for men
Contributor(s): McCann, Pol Dominic (author); Plummer, David (author); Minichiello, Victor  (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.5172/hesr.2010.19.4.505
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Abstract: This qualitative study into Australian manhood featured 63 men discussing 'acceptable' masculinity. Homophobic humour emerged as central to the formation of Australian male identity, but it had the potential to induce violence and emotional damage when the 'humour' moved along a malleable continuum from good-natured banter to abuse. Significantly, it was men of all sexualities who were targeted, indicating that it was non-conformity to gender norms as well as sexuality being policed, as boys and men used humour to control and humiliate each other. Recollections of these instances ranged from 'it was just a joke' for some perpetrators, to 'orchestrated cruelty' for men who had been victimised. Some of the latter group reported depression extending into their adult lives based on their youthful experiences. Understanding the impact when humour goes 'beyond a joke' is important for policy makers, educators and healthcare workers, as a potential for emotional damage and physical violence is highlighted. The study highlights the importance of understanding masculinity as an influence on men's health and wellness.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Health Sociology Review, 19(4), p. 505-521
Publisher: eContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of Publication: Maleny, Australia
ISSN: 1446-1242
Field of Research (FOR): 169901 Gender Specific Studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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