posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 08:02 PM
"Much of men's activity at work is strongly homosocial, in terms of men's homosocial preference for men. In some cases, homosocial processes
link with men's social networks more generally, including occupational groups, sporting organizations, and religious affiliations. It is imporant to
ask: why do so many, apparently heterosexual, men seem to prefer men, and their company?
Is this a complicit acceptance of dominant systems of power and status, which they accrue recipocally to men by dint of association, or is it a much
more socio-emotional or even a socio-sexual process. These processes certainly create problems for 'others'."
It is true, in all levels of society heterosexual men have a desire to connect with the same gender. Nowadays the teenspeak of "Bromance" is even
used. In the olden days it was marching off together singing soldiers' songs, and living in stinking foxholes together. I cannot say it is repressed
homosexuality, but in many cases I also cannot say it is devoid of latent homoerotic sexuality. Perhaps other comments can cast some light on this
The "others" in the last line of the quote would be women and those outside the male heirarchy: gay men and boys, but also in some instances
foreigners and other races.
Sadly, in male in-group behaviour, violence is the most graphic form of rejection.
I see it less seriously these days (I suppose it varies between communities), and it's in such groups that males have fun, drink, burp, gossip and
indulge in sports, gambling, prostitutes or strippers. But...is any of that really harmless?
(Citation source: "The problems boys and men create, the problems boys and men experience" by Jeff Hearn. In: "From Boys to Men: Social
constructions of masculinity in contemporary society": Edited by T Shefer, K Ratele, A Strebel, UCT Press: 2007. P.23.)
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