Haefner's Importance Of Inclusive Masculinity

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Haefner also interprets inclusive masculinity in subculture allow for identity exploration. He notes the importance of communities that foster identity construction because they give young people the space to experiment with their identity and challenge traditional gender norms:
While impossible to generalize across the diverse array of subculture, let alone specific scenes, subcultures have provided space for young men to challenge hegemonic relationships. In fact, participants in some scenes actively fight sexism and misogyny and vociferously support more inclusive masculinities. Generations of young, subcultural men have transitioned to adulthood, amid at least some exposure to antisexist, queer-positive ideas, creating fissures in which inclusive masculinities, and more inclusive relationships, might blossom. [emphasis original]
In the case of Bronies, concordant masculinity allows young men to express themselves and share their feelings in a space which does pass judgment on the basis of gender, race, sex, or religion. Haefner even explicitly points
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The emergence of the Brony fandom and the messages love and tolerance emanating from the community is carving out this new type of masculinity. Concordant masculinity allows males to engage in traditionally feminine spaces and roles without reappropriating that space, a move often implemented by the hegemonic structure of masculinity. Concordant masculinity breaks away from hegemonic masculinity in a similar way as inclusive masculinity which openly confronts standard gender norms for young males without the need to colonize or take over spaces for its own purposes. Concordant masculinity is characterized by features of community building such as friendship, open feelings, compromise, and teamwork. It steers away from the stoic emotions, physical domination, exclusionary practices, and individualistic traits often associated with traditional forms of

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