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Sex in the Slaughterhouse: Sexual Repression and Meat in Sydney Bridge Upside Down Thumbnail

Sex in the Slaughterhouse: Sexual Repression and Meat in Sydney Bridge Upside Down

Posted by Timothy Jones on May 09, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

By Edith Paton In Whole Men: The Masculine Tradition in New Zealand Literature, Kai Jensen asserts that ‘The male body seems a straightforward physical entity, yet literature may filter perceptions even here. Size, strength and […] sexual vigour tend to be attributes of the ideal New Zealand man’ and ‘[b]oys are said to feel social pressure to enlarge and strengthen their bodies.’ [1]  This understanding of New Zealand masculinity and how it is conflated with the physical body is crucial to Ballantyne’s novel.  A novel not only concerned with sexual maturation and masculinity,