‘You’re a Real Man After All’: Fashioning the Male Physique in Twentieth-Century Boxing and Wrestling Magazines

Stevenson, Ana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4858-1073 and Patrick, David (2022) ‘You’re a Real Man After All’: Fashioning the Male Physique in Twentieth-Century Boxing and Wrestling Magazines. In: The Male Body in Representation: Returning to Matter. Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 53-74. ISBN 9783030886035


Abstract

As part of their intriguing research on constructions of the ‘ideal male body’ in the US-American cultural imaginary, this article by Ana Stevenson and David Patrick examines three US-based boxing and wrestling magazines, popular during the 1950s and 1960s. Focusing specifically on advertisements in The Ring, Boxing and Wrestling, and Boxing Illustrated Wrestling News, Stevenson and Patrick show that the ‘perfect male physique’ the magazines fashioned served to interpellate male readers into connected ideals of economic success, physical strength, and sexual prowess. The ‘paranoid’ perspective adopted by Stevenson and Patrick exposes the magazines’ complicity with reasserting ‘hegemonic masculinity’ and reinforcing exclusive notions of the US national body as being based on the white male citizen’s body, which resonates with the era’s conservatism.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 01:48
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 00:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: boxing, wrestling, magazines, popular culture, body, paranoid reading
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430321 North American history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430309 Gender history
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130706 Understanding the past of the Americas
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-88604-2_3
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48899

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