Sex and Gender: The Meanings of the Male Body

in The Masculine Self in Late Medieval England

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226569550
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226569598 | DOI:
Sex and Gender: The Meanings of the Male Body

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This chapter discusses the importance of the male body in the concept of masculinity in medieval England. It explains that masculinity was a physically expressible feature and that the male body was more on display during this period due to changes in men's attire. Men's clothes displayed both wealth and a desire to be in fashion, and affirmed a man's social presence among others. The awareness of being on display expressed masculine self-confidence; it confirmed the way the wearer felt about himself as a man and the way he wanted his male peers to perceive him.

Keywords: male body; masculinity; medieval England; men's attire; social presence; self-confidence

Chapter.  29307 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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