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The male body, and the gay male body in particular, as exposed in magazines, Internet websites, posters, postcards, dance clubs, and shows, is directly involved in a political field. Beyond its erotic, stimulating, and consumerist character, the physique image, as an art and business of self-expression, of striving for beauty, and as a common field of interest for gay men, is interrelated with radical body politics. Michel Foucault notes in Discipline and Punish that power relations have an immediate hold upon the body; they invest it, mark it, train it, torture it, force it to carry out tasks, to perform ceremonies, to emit signs.
A Stonewall Inn Book, St. Martin's Press, NY, Palm sized small format hardcover, bound in black paper covered boards, canvas covered spine, and wrapped in an illustrated paper dustjacket.
Beefcake magazines were magazines published in North America in the s to s that featured photographs of attractive, muscular young men in athletic poses. While their primary market was gay men, until the s, they were typically presented as being magazines dedicated to encouraging fitness and health : the models were often shown demonstrating exercises. Because of the puritan culture of the era, and because of censorship laws, gay pornography could not be sold openly. Gay men turned to beefcake magazines, which could be sold in newspaper standsbook stores and pharmacies.
Bob Mizer never thought of himself as an artist. Like every other great artist, Mizer transformed his vision of a better, more beautiful world into flesh-and-blood reality by inventing an audience for something that could not be found anywhere else in the culture. He did so by building a thriving business that occupied a large part of a city block on West 11th Street in L.
Look for part II on our blog on Tuesday, December Decades beforehand, the ideal male body during the Victorian era was a far cry from the type of body splashed across the pages of Physique Pictorial. According to the BBC, British society valued a more portly man with a slight belly — more rounded. Whereas consumption of fattier foods is commonplace today and even associated with poverty, accessibility to such foods in the Victorian era was limited to those with money and elevated social status.
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