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Disturbingly hybrid or distressingly patriarchal? Gender hybridity in a global environment

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This chapter investigates the gendered dimensions of hybridity manifested both locally through acts of gender-bending and expressions of androgyny, and globally through transcultural exchange, transnational influence, and globalization. The second part of the chapter links these local acts of resistance to the global environment, where gender hybridity must be negotiated in relationship to broader processes of transnational influence, cultural identity formation, and nationalism. The study of Japanese magazines described above revealed, for instance, that portrayals of ideal masculinity in magazines targeted at a male audience were actually much more racially and culturally hybrid than those found in similar women's magazines. Failing to do so would lead not only to an incomplete understanding of the specific &t;technologies of gender&t; women in varied environments and situations must contend with, but also to an inadequate assessment of the nature of power relations in 21st century global capitalism.

Keywords: Disturbingly Hybrid; Environment; gender Bending; Gender Hybridity; globalization; Japanese; masculinity; transcultural exchange



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