Brilliant.... Simpson capers like Robin Goodfellow, stripping off the fig leaves with exuberance. -- The Observer
Mark simpson could do for male sexuality what Camille Paglia did for women.... -- Melody Maker
Simpson pulls the pants off popular culture and wittily winks at the freudian symbols lurking beneath. 4/4 stars -- The Modern Review
This set of high-spirited essays displays more insight into the masculine mystique than has the decade of earnest mens studies that preceded it. -- Choices
Why is bodybuilding a form of transsexualism? What do football and anal sex have in common? Why is Top Gun such an flamingly 'gay' movie? Why is male vanity such a hot commodity? And why oh why do Marky Mark's pants keep falling down?
In this highly influential book Mark Simpson argues for the vital centrality of homoeroticism and narcissism in any understanding of the fraught phenomenon of modern masculinity. Male Impersonators is a penetrating, ticklish but always serious examination of what happens to men when they become 'objectified'.
From porn to shaving adverts, rock and roll to war movies, drag to lads' nights out, Male Impersonators reviews the greatest show on Earth - the performance of masculinity.