The Uncommon Man

January 12, 2006

Brokeback Mountain and Masculinity

Homophobia and the film Brokeback Mountain are inextricably intertwined in the media. Then Larry David of Seinfield and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame wrote a brief piece about why he wasn't going to see the film, which sparked a realization in Leonard Pitts, a syndicated columinist. In his piece below, he reflects on something that many of us who have thought about men and masculinity are aware of - a gay relationship on film not only stir-up fears about homosexuality but it also stirs-up fears about masculinity (the two, of course, are woven together).

David's Piece - via International Herald Tribune - Meanwhile: Cowboys are my Weakness
Pitt's Piece - via Chicago Tribune - Why "Brokeback Mountain" Frightens

Posted by Russell at January 12, 2006 11:07 AM


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