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Western heterosexual masculinity, anxiety, and web porn

Cook, I. (2005) Western heterosexual masculinity, anxiety, and web porn. The Journal of Men's Studies, 14 (1). pp. 47-63.

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This article is an examination of nine pornographic Web sites. Web porn is important because the Internet increases men's access to pornography. The pornography presented on these Web sites is first examined in terms of the way that it manifests important continuities with pornography delivered in other ways. Central to these continuities is the way that pornography manifests the anxiety that is here taken to be fundamental to the acquisition of Western heterosexual masculinity or male identity. An important difference, though, is that this anxiety appears more clearly manifested in these sites than it is elsewhere. In addition, however, these sites appear to intensify this anxiety by making it harder for men to prove that they are truly “man enough.”

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Politics and International Studies
Publisher: Sage
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