Queering Narratives of Modernity
Elizabeth Sara Lewis - Pegging, masculinities and heterosexualities: How narratives of men who enjoy being penetrated by women can contribute to social transformation and to queering the hidden homosexual norm in Queer Studies
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ELIZABETH SARA LEWIS
Pegging, masculinities and heterosexualities: How narratives of men who enjoy being penetrated by women can contribute to social transformation and to queering the hidden homosexual norm in Queer Studies
Introduction: Stories of pegging
On May 17th, 2001, at the end of his weekly column about sex and relationship advice in the US newspaper The Stranger, North American journalist Dan Savage asked, ‘What should we call it when a woman fucks a man in the ass with a strap-on dildo?’ The following week, in his May 24th column titled ‘Let’s Vote!’, Savage, after having rejected several suggestions, invited his readers to vote for one of three remaining terms via email. The options were: (1) to bob, an allusion to a series of videos known as Bend Over Boyfriend (B.O.B.), which show the aforementioned sexual practice without giving it a specific name; (2) to punt, normally referring either to a manner of kicking a ball or, in nautical terms, a way of propelling a boat with a pole; and (3) to peg, inspired from stories about British male prostitutes inserting wooden pegs into their anuses in order to remain dilated between clients. Savage originally rejected this last term due to his doubts about the veracity of the story and in order not to offend his aunt, named Peg; however, he eventually threw it into the mix due to its brevity and percussive sonority. Approximately one month later, in...
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