Becoming the West: Cowboys as icons of masculine style for gay men

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Author: Elyssa Ford
Date: Apr. 2018
From: Critical Studies in Men's Fashion(Vol. 5, Issue 1-2)
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
Document Type: Essay
Length: 6,819 words
Lexile Measure: 1540L

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The cowboy has long been an icon of the American West, and in many ways, the cowboy has become the symbol of the American man. This understanding of the cowboy as the ideal of masculinity has held true even in alternate competitions, such as the gay rodeo. From its origins, the gay rodeo promoted itself as a space for gay men to be 'real' men. It was a place where the masculine cowboy was embraced. Yet, the gay rodeo is a complex space because within it there exists an interplay between the normative masculine cowboy and the subversively homosexual one. KEYWORDS American West queer rodeo sport sexuality homophobia

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