Queer Masculinities and Affective Sexualities in the Fanzine 'Butt'
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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 life style 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 studies 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 Ph.D. in German Literature from New York University and has taught and researched at several universities and institutes in the US and in Germany including Cornell, Northwestern, Brown, University of Bonn, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Illinois at Chicago. He published two novels and a collection of short stories in German. He is also writing regularly for German media. In his academic work, he focusses on queer theory, queer visual culture, gay pornography and popular culture. Amongst his recent publications are the German version of Hipster Porn: Queere Männlichkeiten und affektive Sexualitäten im Fanzine Butt 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 writer and theorist Guy Hocquenghem. Amongst his most recent publications in English are "Queer Homelessness: Aesthetic, Curatorial and Political Practices at documenta 14." in: Field: A Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticism. Learning from documenta. Issue 17 (2021); and "‘Grunts & Monsters’: Gay Men’s Online Media Practices." In Connect and Divide: The Practice Turn in Media Studies (2021). In 2018 Peter Rehberg was appointed head of collections and archives at Schwules Museum, Berlin. He curated exhibitions on contemporary queer art and queer history.