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Kelsy Burke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286320

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286320.001.0001

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What Makes a Man

What Makes a Man

Making “Bad” Sex “Good”

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(p.132) Five What Makes a Man
Source:
Christians under Covers
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Kelsy Burke

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286320.003.0006

Chapter 5 focuses on men who take the advice given in evangelical print literature to a logical extreme—extending the emphasis on mutual pleasure and sexual permissiveness within marriage so as to justify sex acts that are seemingly inappropriate within an evangelical context. Men who are interested in two gender-subversive sex acts—pegging (the anal penetration of a man by a woman) and erotic cross-dressing—justify their interest by relying on the gender omniscience of their spouse and God. In proving that both God and their spouse know that they are gender normal, these men uphold standards of their faith related to gender and (hetero)sexuality and ensure their masculine status.

Keywords:   masculinity, gender, heterosexuality, subversive, evangelical, religion, normal, deviance

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