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‘It is what it is’: Masculinity, homosexuality, and inclusive discourse in mixed martial arts

‘It is what it is’: Masculinity, homosexuality, and inclusive discourse in mixed martial arts

Channon, Alex and Matthews, Christopher R. (2015) ‘It is what it is’: Masculinity, homosexuality, and inclusive discourse in mixed martial arts. Journal of Homosexuality, 62 (7). pp. 936-956. ISSN 0091-8369 (Print), 1540-3602 (Online) (doi:10.1080/00918369.2015.1008280)

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Abstract

In this paper we make use of inclusive masculinity theory to explore online media representations of male homosexuality and masculinity within the increasingly popular combat sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). Adopting a case-study approach, we discuss narratives constructed around one aspirational male MMA fighter, Dakota Cochrane, whose history of having participated in gay pornography became a major talking point on a number of MMA ‘fanzine’/‘community’ websites during early 2012. While these narratives attempted to discursively ‘rescue’ Cochrane’s supposedly threatened masculinity, highlighting both his ‘true’ heterosexuality and his prodigious fighting abilities, they also simultaneously celebrated the acceptance of homosexual men within the sport which Cochrane's case implied. Thus, we suggest that these media representations of homosexuality and masculinity within MMA are indicative of declining cultural homophobia and homohysteria, and an inclusive vision of masculinity, as previously described by proponents of inclusive masculinity theory.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Homosexuality on 20/1/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wjhm20/62/7
Uncontrolled Keywords: combat sports, homophobia, inclusion, masculinities, mixed martial arts, netnography, pornography, UFC
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 11:29
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12235

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