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Free Content The unknowing ... X: Queering representations of masculinity in an undetectable world

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Over the years, I have amassed a huge dressing up box, accumulated from different parts of my life ‐ AIDS patient to university professor, gender bender to porn star, go-go dancer to boxer, drag queen to leather queen, son to daddy! HIV+ since 1994, on medication and undetectable, I approach my sixth decade reflecting on past lives and the unknown future.

This series is about dipping into the dressing up box to create new and potential different roles by performing for the camera and playing with gender, identity, sexuality, masculinity and everything in between. It is about unthinking in a space of creative unknowing. An exciting place where anything can happen and nothing is predetermined, where there is everything to look forward to.

The X of unknowing ... can be a kiss from me to you, a reference to non-binary, non-gendered specific pronouns, or it can refer to an undetermined space, literally and metaphorically.
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Keywords: fetish men; gender sexualities; masculinities; performativity; queer masculinities

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2020

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  • Critical Studies in Men's Fashion examines the multi-faceted dimensions of men's appearance. It uses the holistic definition of dress as a means of examining the tangible and intangible aspects of creating and maintaining appearance. This journal is the first to exclusively focus on men's dress and topics of gender, identity, sexuality, culture, marketing and business will be discussed. Men's dress and fashion have been side-lined in scholarship, and this journal provides a dedicated space for the discussion, analysis, and theoretical development of men's appearance from multiple disciplines. All articles are blind-peer reviewed in order to maintain the highest standards of scholastic integrity. Theoretical and empirical scholarship in the form of original articles, manuscripts, research reports, pedagogy, and media reviews are welcome.
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