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“Not Hiding, Not Shouting, Just Me”: Gay Men Negotiate Their Visual Identities

Clarke, Victoria; Smith, Megan

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Dr Victoria Clarke Victoria.Clarke@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Qualitative & Critical Psychology

Megan Smith



Abstract

©, © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This study explored how British gay men make sense of their appearance and clothing practices and the pressures and concerns they attend to in discursively negotiating their visual identities. A convenience sample of 20 mostly young, White, and middle-class self-identified gay men responded to a qualitative survey on dress and appearance. The participants clearly understood the rules of compulsory heterosexuality and the risks of looking “too gay.” In the data, there was both a strong resistance to the notion of gay as a “master status” and an orientation to the “coming out” imperative in gay communities. The analysis revealed the overriding importance of discourses of authentic individuality for making sense of visual identity and the reported cultivation of appearance and clothing practices that communicate the message that: “I’m not hiding (too closeted), I’m not shouting (too gay), I’m just me (an authentic individual who just happens to be gay).”.

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Clarke, V., & Smith, M. (2015). “Not Hiding, Not Shouting, Just Me”: Gay Men Negotiate Their Visual Identities. Journal of Homosexuality, 62(1), 4-32. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2014.957119

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 2, 2013
Publicly Available Date Feb 11, 2016
Journal Journal of Homosexuality
Print ISSN 0091-8369
Electronic ISSN 1540-3602
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 1
Pages 4-32
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2014.957119
Keywords adornment, appearance, clothing, dress, compulsory heterosexuality, metrosexuality, qualitative research, qualitative survey, sissyphobia, thematic analysis, body image
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/839937
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2014.957119
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Homosexuality on 8 October 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00918369.2014.957119

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