The Male Body
The Male Body

The Male Body

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The Male Body
The Male Body

The Male Body

​A fresh, unconventional look at the male body and contemporary notions of masculinity. The male nude is everywhere now, from mainstream movies to magazine covers. What do we see when men take off their clothes, in public and in private? Is the male body truly exposed? In this candid cultural analysis, Susan Bordo speaks to men and women alike, scrutinizing the images and experiences of everyday life.
My Father’s Body
My Father’s Body

My Father’s Body

In commemoration of Father’s Day, this is a piece I wrote shortly after my father died in 1994. It became the prologue and in many ways the touchstone for my book, The Male Body (1999), from which it is excerpted.

Elizabeth I’s Challenge to the Masculinity of the Royal Body
Elizabeth I’s Challenge to the Masculinity of the Royal Body

Elizabeth I’s Challenge to the Masculinity of the Royal Body

Lacey Baldwin Smith has written that “Tudor portraits bear about as much resemblance to their subjects as elephants to prunes.” A slight exaggeration, maybe. But it is true that the historical accuracy of the depictions in Tudor portraits, particularly of royalty, was often at war with “symbolic iconizing”—the use of imagery to represent the person’s character, position or role.

Henry VIII, O.J. Simpson, Donald J. Trump and the Pathology of Privilege
Henry VIII, O.J. Simpson, Donald J. Trump and the Pathology of Privilege

Henry VIII, O.J. Simpson, Donald J. Trump and the Pathology of Privilege

“Remember, I was viciously attacked,” he told Bill O’Reilly, attempting to justify what was surely the cruelest, coldest, most offensive counter-punch of this—or perhaps any—election season.

What was the “vicious attack” that provoked Trump so? Simply this: Gold-star father Khizr Khan had offered to lend Trump a copy of the U.S. Constitution (to remind him that religious freedom was a basic tenet of the Founding Fathers.) He had also charged that compared to the loss of a son, Trump had sacrificed “nothing.”

Gay Men’s Revenge
Gay Men’s Revenge

Gay Men’s Revenge

"It's a Face-Lifted, Tummy-Tucked Jungle Out There," The New York Times reported not long ago, describing what is available nowadays to the forty-something executive wanting to make his "packaging" more youthful
True Obsessions: Being Unfaithful to ‘Lolita’
True Obsessions: Being Unfaithful to ‘Lolita’

True Obsessions: Being Unfaithful to ‘Lolita’

On August 2, the Showtime cable network will broadcast Adrian Lyne’s film Lolita, and in late September, the movie will be officially released in theaters. Like the publication of the novel on which it is based, the public premiere of the movie is a long-awaited, controversial event. The film was spurned by U.S. distributors for nearly a year while it played in various cities in Europe, and Lyne complained of the tyrannies of political correctness in America. He proudly pointed out that Nabokov’s novel, published in Paris in 1955, also had to wait for acceptance in the United States.