The concept of sissiness, and the way the epithet is employed, is neither static nor universal.
What did medieval people think about penises?
Contemporary pornography has become a massive archive of sexual scripts. To some extent pornography has replaced sexology, psychoanalysis and sex manuals as a form of knowledge about sexuality.
The rise of sexual science, in addition to creating new forms of stigma, also provided the imaginative resources for articulating new modes of resistance.
As historians know, the archive is ruthless in preserving categories over time.
“The Art of War” featured a succession of posters featuring depictions of men in suggestive, even erotic, poses.
Desire Work documents the lives of mostly white, ex-gay Pentecostal men in Cape Town, South Africa.