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Western Gay Male Bodybuilding in Perspectives of Foucauldian Feminism(s): A Review

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DOI: 10.23977/jsoce.2023.051012 | Downloads: 26 | Views: 492


Zihao Zhou 1


1 Sociology Department, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China

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Zihao Zhou


This paper takes a sociological perspective to explore the bodybuilding culture prevailing in the Western gay male community. Firstly, it reviews Michel Foucault's (1981) conceptualization of power and his investigation into body regulation. The paper then incorporates two strands of feminism into the analysis - one that inherits more traditional values from Marxism and the other that is more postmodernity-oriented - to critique the potential for empowerment and the limitations of the practice.


Body, Foucault, Feminism, Gay bodybuilding, Sociology


Zihao Zhou, Western Gay Male Bodybuilding in Perspectives of Foucauldian Feminism(s): A Review. Journal of Sociology and Ethnology (2023) Vol. 5: 88-93. DOI:


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