Masculinity is a prison! Even our foremost paradigms of stultified gender suffer! Take, for example, esteemed representative of the male persuasion
Take, for example, esteemed representative of the male persuasion Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently revealed that his father used to beat him. Why? Because Arnold's idolization of male bodybuilders made his parents worry that Arnold would grow up and be gay.
“I don’t know if mum thought I was gay, or if she just thought something was off and thought ‘let’s catch it early,” said the action movie icon and former politician in an interview with Xposure. “She asked the doctor, ‘Can you help me? I don’t know if there’s something wrong with my son because his wall is full of naked men. All of Arnold’s friends have pictures of girls above their bed. And Arnold has no girls.’”
God forbid a boy express interest in the male body, sexual or otherwise!
“[My father] ran after me with a belt and beat me," he added.
Unfortunately, Arnold's run-ins with homophobia haven't necessarily made him particularly sensitive to LGBTQ issues. According to Out, Arnold vetoed same-sex marriage bills in 2005 and 2007. Then again, he later performed two same-sex wedding ceremonies. He also signed the repeal of the 1949 Californian “gay cure” law. So, that's confusing.
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