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Title: Clubbing masculinities: Gender shifts in gay men's dance floor choreographies
Authors: Peterson, GT
Keywords: Dance;Masculinities;Homophobia;Gay;Gender;Clubs
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Journal of Homosexuality, 58(5), 608 - 625, 2011
Abstract: This article adopts an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the intersections of gender, sexuality, and dance. It examines the expressions of sexuality among gay males through culturally popular forms of club dancing. Drawing on political and musical history, I outline an account of how gay men's gendered choreographies changed throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Through a notion of “technologies of the body,” I situate these developments in relation to cultural levels of homophobia, exploring how masculine expressions are entangled with and regulated by musical structures. My driving hypothesis is that as perceptions of cultural homophobia decrease, popular choreographies of gay men's dance have become more feminine in expression. Exploring this idea in the context of the first decade of the new millennium, I present a case study of TigerHeat, one of the largest weekly gay dance club events in the United States.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Homosexuality, 58(5), 608-625, 2011 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
ISSN: 0091-8369
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Dept of Arts and Humanities Research Papers

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