“Men with Feminine Traits”: On the Issue of Masculinity at the Beginning of the 20th century in Serbia Cover Image

„Muškarci sa ženskim osobinama”: o problemu maskuliniteta na početku dvadesetog veka u Srbiji
“Men with Feminine Traits”: On the Issue of Masculinity at the Beginning of the 20th century in Serbia

Author(s): Milan Miljković
Subject(s): Gender Studies
Published by: Centar za ženske studije & Centar za studije roda i politike, Fakultet političkih nauka, Beograd
Keywords: masculinity; uranism; femininity; homosexuality; body; identity

Summary/Abstract: Delo an important essay on the issue of “men with feminine traits”. According to Sreten Adžić’s implicit explanations, the phrase “men with feminine traits” could be understood as a broad concept that includes both homosexuals and heterosexuals. Following contemporary scientific research data of Magnus Hirschfeld, Karl H. Ulrich and Jean-Marie Charcot, Sreten Adžić argues that the phenomenon of feminine or feminized men is an abnormal biological aberration that could be adequately treated at the early stage of child’s development, by employing dif erent psychological and sociological approaches. Although he believes that femininity in men represents an abnormality, Adžić offers a balanced approach to this issue, one which is not altogether discriminating but represents a liberal view on homosexuality and sexuality in general. Having in mind that this issue was not widely discussed within the Serbian pedagogical or professional journals, due to the wider patriarchal national context, the author argues that Sreten Adžić’s essay represents a very significant text that uses various narrative voices in order to subtly integrate very open-minded and potentially subversive discourse on homosexuality. On the other hand, the author recognizes that Sreten Adžić holds the traditional point of view, as well as that he praises and affirms values of masculinity and virile male identity.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 143-160
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Serbian