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From Drag Queens to Leathermen: Language, Gender, and Gay Male Subcultures

Rusty Barrett


This book analyzes gendered forms of language use in several different gay male subcultures. The subcultures considered include drag queens, radical faeries, bears, circuit boys, barebackers, and leathermen. The chapters include ethnographic-based studies of language use in each of these subcultures, giving special attention to the ways in which linguistic patterns index forms of masculinity and femininity. In each case, speakers combine linguistic forms in ways that challenge normative assumptions about gender and sexuality. In an extension of prior work, Barrett discusses the intersections o ... More

Keywords: language and sexuality, language and gender, subcultures, gay male language, masculinity, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390179
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rusty Barrett, author
Associate Professor, University of Kentucky