The concept of 'masculinity' has over more years received increased attention within consumer research discourse suggesting the potential of a 'crisis of masculinity', symptomatic of a growing feminisation, or 'queering' of visual imagery and consumption (e.g. Patterson & Elliott, 2002). Although this corpus of research has served to enrich the broader gender identity debate, it is, arguably, still relatively underdeveloped and therefore warrants further insight and elaboration. The aim of this paper is, therefore, to explore how masculinity is represented and interpreted by men using the Dolce et Gabbana men's 2005 print advertising campaign. The rationale for using this particular campaign is that it is one of the most homoerotic, provocative, and well publicised campaigns to cross over from the 'gay' media to more mainstream UK men's magazines. Masculinity, and what it means to be 'masculine', manifests itself within particular ideological, moral, cultural and hegemonic discourses. Masculinity is not a homogenous term which can be simply reduced, and ascribed, to those born as 'male' rather than 'female'.
|Title of host publication||4th workshop of interpretative consumer research proceedings|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||4th Workshop of Interpretative Consumer Research - Marseilles, France|
Duration: 26 Apr 2007 → 27 Apr 2007
|Workshop||4th Workshop of Interpretative Consumer Research|
|Period||26/04/07 → 27/04/07|
- Dolce et Gabbana's ads