Age and changing masculinities in gay-straight male workplace friendships

Rumens, Nick (2018) Age and changing masculinities in gay-straight male workplace friendships. Journal of Gender Studies, 27 (3) . pp. 260-273. ISSN 0958-9236 [Article] (doi:10.1080/09589236.2017.1391074)

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Drawing on interview data gathered from 35 gay men in the UK, this article explores how age influences the negotiation of masculinity within gay-straight male workplace friendships. Study findings show that gay-straight workplace friendships between younger men appear to be framed in terms of equality, not homophobia. Older gay men also report similar experiences, some suggesting how these friendships were not possible in their youth. Gay and straight men of a similar age are also united in friendship by their experiences of ageing and its implications for carrying out work. Interview data also reveals how gay-straight male friendships are constrained at work, thus limiting the opportunities for emotional openness and physical tactility. Overall, the study reveals how younger and older gay men, and their straight male friends, variously align themselves to inclusive masculinities within friendship. This article contributes to inclusive masculinity theory by extending the types of contexts currently studied, both relational and work-related, and adding further emphasis to the contextually contingent nature of inclusive masculinities. It also advances the limited literature on gay-straight friendships by highlighting how they might challenge and reshape the heteronormative contours of work contexts.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 22608
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Gender Studies on 20 October 2017, available online:
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Depositing User: Nick Aston
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 10:16
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 20:02

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