Androgyny With a Chest to Bare Essay

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The recent controversy surrounding the censorship of Andrej Pejic’s cover on Dossier Journal’s May 2011 edition (Figure A) revolves around the issue of androgyny in America. The surrounding ideas regarding the American censorship of an androgynous male model explore the discomfort around gender bending and reflect on the American gender dichotomy. This essay will explore the ways in which Serbian male model Andrej Pejic and Dossier Journal challenge the American “normative” representations of gender and sexuality while feeding off of racial norms on the Dossier May cover; this challenge has resulted in the covers censorship in the American market.
Featured on Dossier Journal’s May 2011 cover is Andrej Pejic a self identified androgynous
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The most ambiguous display of gender in this shot is Pejic’s body. Important identifiers for most males on American magazine covers are their bodies; mainly their muscles or all over masculine silhouette. Pejic’s thin frame is vastly different compared to other recent male cover models (see attached.)
The traditionally celebrated male body is the hegemonic masculine frame; the ideal is a broad shouldered well muscled man much like the attached recent cover models. Pejic on the other hand has a slim waist, thin arms, and prominently displays the slopping curve of his neck and shoulders.
A noticeable difference in Pejic’s body is the lack of definition in his abdominal and pectoral areas. Where a majority of the male cover models have prominent abdominals Pejic has a soft stomach. Where there are bulging pectorals on the hegemonic male models Pejic has a nearly flat chest which could pass for very small breasts. Pejic’s body rests in an in-between area that leaves the viewer in a moment of confusion; In comparison to the traditional Hercules that are usually found on American magazines Pejic’s androgynous portal stands out from the crowd and disregards male physical gender norms completely.
As Judith Lorber discusses in her article “Night to His Day” there are social constructions that societal institutions create and individuals are expected to

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