“His Slave or His Despot”: Contemporary Compulsory Heteromasculinity through the Lens of Leopold Sachor-Masoch’s “Venus in Furs”
In this work I will examine how male heterosexuality is closely linked with “masculinity” (in the white Western dominant definition), and how the compulsory heteromasculinity of the Western World affects not only heterosexual men's relationships with women but also with other men, and ultimately how they view themselves in society. My main argument is that masculinity is inextricably associated with heterosexuality, and I support that argument with examples of studies in which men discuss how they feel compelled to be masculine to prove their heterosexuality, as well as pointing out the reflections of these thoughts in Austrian 19th century erotic novel "Venus in Furs", a book published in 1870 but still very reflective of the heteromasculine structure of contemporary Western men.
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