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James Bond, Peter Pan, and "A Sticky Night of Love": Irony and Masculinities in Amateur Animated Videos

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Title: James Bond, Peter Pan, and "A Sticky Night of Love": Irony and Masculinities in Amateur Animated Videos
Author(s): Kendall, Lori
Subject(s): hegemonic masculinity, irony, videos, homophobia, animutation, gender
Abstract: This paper analyzes a genre of videos created and distributed online mostly by young men. These videos use a variety of playful and decontextualized images to present messages about masculinities. They both celebrate and denigrate some hegemonic and non-hegemonic masculine identities, while specifically making fun of homosexual males. As in previous studies of adolescent male discourse, the creators of these videos rely on irony and humor to distance themselves from potential claims of heterosexism and sexism. The particular fractured and frenetic style of the videos, and the ability to juxtapose conflicting images, make this somewhat easier to accomplish than it would be through text alone. The videos thus provide a safety net of deniability, allowing their creators to present multiple conflicting identities, while leaving the status quo intact.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: The Men's Studies Press, LLC
Citation Info: The Journal of Men's Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 2008, 124-139.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
DOI: 10.3149/jms.1602.124
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-04-03

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