Masculinity In Subculture

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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
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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 …show more content…
Concordant masculinity does not justify itself through the erosion of homohysteria as Anderson suggests inclusive masculinity does. Concordant masculinity does suggest that there is progress within constructions of masculinity, but not at the cost of other foundational theories of masculinity studies, it is built through relations within a community that seeks to foster better relationships with all people. Secondly, concordant masculinity does not come from a space of privilege, such as the participants in Anderson’s studies. While the Brony community does appear to come from a place of privilege, (white, middle class, heterosexual, and some college education) there is still the notion that this community is accessible through digital means like the Internet. Unlike Anderson’s participants, the fandom does not necessarily need to occupy a physical space to be a part of the community or achieve a certain status (take part in athletic tryouts or go through a rite of passage in a fraternity) in order to participate. There are no prerequisites in the Brony fandom and the inclusive environment of the community allows anyone to have access. However, concordant masculinity still cannot take into account other issues of postfeminism which can dismiss power structures in gender, such as the example of

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