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Nine Centuries of ManManhood and Masculinity in Scottish History$
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Lynn Abrams and Elizabeth L. Ewan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403894

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403894.001.0001

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‘That Class of Men’: Effeminacy, Sodomy and Failed Masculinities in Inter- and Post-War Scotland

‘That Class of Men’: Effeminacy, Sodomy and Failed Masculinities in Inter- and Post-War Scotland

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(p.242) 12 ‘That Class of Men’: Effeminacy, Sodomy and Failed Masculinities in Inter- and Post-War Scotland
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Nine Centuries of Man
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Jeffrey Meek

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403894.003.0013

This chapter examines the emergence of a distinct and subversive ‘queer’ man in inter-war Scotland. The attitudes of the police and courts appear to have been shaped by the identities assumed by the men that used the nation’s urban spaces for soliciting sex, for pleasure or for money. The effeminate homosexual, in particular the male prostitute, was marked out by his failure to perform expected norms of masculinity, and his deviance was perceived to be inscribed upon his body. Attitudes towards the effeminate homosexual continued in the post-war period and such men were the continued subject of scrutiny and derision from wider society and from homosexual men, the latter group perceiving effeminacy to be a discreditable form of homosexual identity

Keywords:   effeminacy, homosexual, masculinity, deviance, queer, prostitution, Scotland, police

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