Crafting вЂњYouthfulвЂќ Desire, вЂњDoingвЂќ Masculinity Narratives of Middle-Aged to Older Men in Grindr Grid and Offline Spaces in Mumbai, Asia
This study makes use of queer gerontology as a framework to increase concerns and rethink theoretical t ls by weaving personal biographies and intimate records of queer men in Mumbai, India. In specific, drawing on narratives and self-presentation l ks of 30 middle-aged to older males in the online dating app, Grindr, along with face-to-face interviews, this research harnesses the somatic turn in gerontology to exhibit how the (neoliberal) triad of self-care, stylistic consumption plus an invocation of вЂњmetrosexualвЂќ masculinity become critical signifiers of this never-aging cultural enterprise associated with the Third Age (Laslett 1989). In the process it shows the way the putative marginality of the homosexual aged human anatomy both destabilizes and strengthens the rationality of normative heterosexuality through its enduring emphasis on (sexual) functionality and moral responsibility. The menвЂ™s narratives let us concern the limitations of вЂњwesternвЂќ social anxieties of вЂњcoming outвЂќ in a context where homosociality offers reticent acceptance without threatening the heteronormative matrix. In general, this research featuring its give attention to menвЂ™s bodies as erotic money permits us to reimagine aging where desire remains socially and culturally significant for many males across their life, thereby de-centering the heteronormative and asexual gaze of mainstream gerontology in India.
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