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Jane Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479860685

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479860685.001.0001

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Haze Him!

Haze Him!

White Masculinity, Anal Resilience, and the Erotic Spectacle of Repulsion

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Not Gay

Jane Ward

NYU Press

This chapter examines the cultural function and effects of homosexuality in the hazing rituals of the United States military. It analyzes these military hazing practices alongside the representation of homosexual hazing in the widely popular series of “reality” internet porn, HazeHim.com. Drawing on sociological and media accounts of high-profile military hazing events, it considers how male–male anal penetration is framed by the military as a practice of hetero-masculine resilience, one to be suffered with repulsion and endurance. While the spectacle of homophobic repulsion is often offered as evidence of the nonsexual nature of the hazing experience, a reading of gay hazing porn illuminates a more harmonious relationship between hetero-masculine repulsion and homosexual desire. In both examples, the hazing undertaken by the U.S. military and the hazing eroticized in gay porn, the whiteness of participants is central to the homosocial narrative, wherein average white boys—utterly normal and undoubtedly American—are offered the opportunity to inoculate themselves against sincere homosexuality and enemy perversion and to demonstrate their allegiance to a white brotherhood.

Keywords:   homosexuality, homosexual hazing, US military, straight white men, military hazing, HazeHim.com, gay porn

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