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Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190276348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190276348.001.0001

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“I’m a Pusher and I Don’t Like to Hear the Word No

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Queer Aging

Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Oxford University Press

Robert says that sometimes he does not recognize the body reflected in the mirror. He says he was leaner and handsome when younger than his present 65 years of age. He is fighting the aging of his body, rejection from the younger gay culture, and loneliness (he is single). He is thinking about cosmetic surgery and perhaps moving to another city where he could r-start his life. Robert is white, retired, and has always lived to the standards of the middle social class. He thinks of himself as a “pusher” and is resilient. As a child, he had a bone deformity on a leg that required multiple surgeries. Now Robert is trying to figure out how to overcome the adversities of aging as a single gay man.

Keywords:   Ageism, body image, older gay men, retirement, sex, stigma

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