Hipster Porn examines models of gay hipster masculinity through the lens of the gay fanzine Butt. The book reconstructs an important chapter of recent gay and queer history in order to make sense of the cultural shifts of the last 20 years in the contemporary gay world.
Butt exemplifies the changing nature of gay contemporary masculinity as it marked the beginning of a new era of queer fanzines such as They Shoot Homos Don't They?, Kink, Kaiserin, and Meat reflecting a specific cosmopolitan gay lifestyle in the West of the 2000s. The new forms of masculinity and sexuality demanded new ways of thinking about gender and desire. Hipster Porn takes the aesthetics of Butt to find a way of critiquing and rearticulating key concepts from gender, queer and affect theory, and delivers new accounts of subjectivity and sociality as they apply to queer media culture.
This book is suitable for researchers in gender studies, queer and masculinity studies, cultural studies, media studies, and sociology.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1: Reading Butt; 2: Homo Hipster; 3: Beyond Butch; 4: Affective Sexualities; 5: Fag Limbo; Conclusion: Pink Poverty
Peter Rehberg is a writer, critic, and curator. He holds a PhD in German Literature from New York University and has taught and researched at several universities and institutes in the United States and Germany including Cornell, Northwestern, Brown, University of Bonn, The University of Texas at Austin, and The University of Illinois, Chicago. He has published two novels and a collection of short stories in German. He also writes regularly for German media. In his academic work, he focusses on queer theory, queer visual culture, and popular culture. Among his recent publications are the German version of Hipster Porn and "Energie ohne Macht: Christian Maurels Theorie des Anus im Kontext von Guy Hocquenghem und der Geschichte von Queer Theory" (2019), the afterword to Maurel's Essay Für den Arsch, which under the English title The Screwball Asses was formerly attributed to French theorist Guy Hocquenghem. In 2018, Rehberg was appointed head of collections and archives at Schwules Museum, Berlin.