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

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

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Miller, Janice

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.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/csmf.1.3.241_1
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Intellect Journals
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Research Groups > Historical and Cultural Studies
Date: September 2014
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1386/csmf.1.3.241_1
Related Websites: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Article,id=18036/
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Date Deposited: 23 May 2014 18:50
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2014 13:22
Item ID: 6656
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6656

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