Androphilia: Rejecting the Gay Identity, Reclaiming Masculinity

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The word gay has never described mere homosexuality. Gay is a subculture, a slur, a set of gestures, a slang, a look, a posture, a parade, a rainbow flag, a film genre, a taste in music, a hairstyle, a marketing demographic, a bumper sticker, a political agenda and philosophical viewpoint. Gay is a pre-packaged, superficial persona--a lifestyle. It's a sexual identity that has almost nothing to do with sexuality.

Androphilia is a rejection of the overloaded gay identity and a return to a discussion of homosexuality in terms of desire: a raw, apolitical sexual desire and the sexualized appreciation for masculinity as experienced by men. The gay sensiblility is a near-oblivious embrace of a castrating slur, the nonstop celebration of an age-old, emasulating stimga applied to men who engaged in homosexual acts. Gays and radical queers imagine that they challenge the status quo, but in appropriating the stigma of effeminacy, they merely conform to and confirm long-established expectations. Men who love men have been paradoxically cast as the enemies of masculinity--slaves to the feminist pipe dream of a 'gender-neutral' (read: anti-male, pro-female) world.

Androphlia is a manifesto full of truly dangerous ideas: that men can have sex with men and retain their manhood, that homosexuality can be about championing a masculine ideal rather than attacking it, and that the wicked, oppressive 'construct of masculinity' despised by the gay community could actually enrich and improve the lives of homosexual and bisexual men. Androphilia is for those men who never really bought what the gay community was selling; it's a challenge to leave the gay world completely behind and to rejoin the world of men, unapologetically, as androphliles, but more importantly, as men.

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Thank you for your interest in Androphilia: Rejecting Gay Identity, Reclaiming Masculinity by Jack Malebranche. As Jack notes in his introduction to the book:

"This book is being released by Scapegoat Publishing. Their advertising slogan is `Blame Us!' It's extremely appropriate in this case. Go ahead. Blame me. Insult me. Blackball me. I can take your hate. I don't need your love, your acceptance or your approval."

I approached Jack about this book because I thought his premise was right. Not only did I think he was right, but I felt that what he had to say was a challenge that should be brought against many of the presumptions that our society either holds to be true without dispute, or worse yet, has pressure groups that use emotional and political power to suppress any discussion that questions the status quo.

He calls into question stereotypes that exist about homosexuals. This stereotype is now one crafted by interested parties, instead of the bigoted views of Christian fundamentalists or disinterested outsiders. It's one that's often crafted in a similar way that products are marketed, to appeal and shine and often offer more than the product will ever be able to deliver. And that is a lie. Jack is not a stereotype, not a lifestyle enthusiast; he is a man who loves men.

As the publishers, we hope this book challenges many of the ideas it sets out to. We hope you approach it with a critical eye, as we recommend to anyone who reads anything of possible worth.

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Gay is a subculture, a slur, a set of gestures, a slang, a look, a posture, a parade, a rainbow flag, a film genre, a taste in music, a hairstyle, a marketing demographic, a bumper sticker, a political agenda and philosophical viewpoint. Gay is a pre-packaged, superficial persona--a lifestyle. It's a sexual identity that has almost nothing to do with sexuality. Androphilia is a rejection of the overloaded gay identity and a return to a discussion of homosexuality in terms of desire. Homosexual men have been paradoxically cast as the enemies of masculinity--slaves to the feminist pipe dream of a "gender-neutral" (read: anti-male, pro-female) world. Androphilia is a manifesto full of truly dangerous ideas: that men can have sex with men and retain their manhood, that homosexuality can be about championing a masculine ideal rather than attacking it, and that the "oppressive construct of masculinity," despised by the gay community could actually enrich and improve the lives of homosexual and bisexual men. Androphilia is for those men who never really bought what the gay community was selling. It is a challenge to leave the gay world completely behind and to rejoin the world of men, unapologetically, as androphiles, but more importantly, as men.

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