Making up is masculine : the increasing cultural connections between masculinity and make-up

Miller, Janice (2014) Making up is masculine : the increasing cultural connections between masculinity and make-up. Critical Studies in Men's Fashion, 1(3), pp. 241-253. ISSN (print) 2050-070X

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Abstract

This article explores the ways in which make-up is increasingly presented as a masculine product and a means to refine appearance with the aim of accessing and expressing conventional forms of masculine power. It is concerned with how the conflation of all the different practices of grooming, cosmetics and make-up in all kinds of writing on men makes it difficult to fully understand how they are really engaging with such possibilities. It therefore argues that those studying fashion and appearance need to improve the language on offer to unpick practices of grooming and cosmetic use in order for the implications of such practices to be fully appreciated. In doing so, it discusses the images and texts that market make-up to men, which contain complex messages about how men should feel about their bodies, how make-up has potential to assert their masculinity and what this masculinity should look like

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Communication, cultural and media studies
History of art, architecture and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > School of Art & Design History
Depositing User: Janice Miller
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 15:06
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/39673

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