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    Soft-Boiled Masculinity: Renegotiating Gender and Racial Ideologies in the Promise Keepers Movement.Melanie Heath - 2003 - Gender and Society 17 (3):423-444.
    This article examines the tensions in the identities of men who belong to the Promise Keepers movement by uncovering the social conditions that lead men to rethink gender and racial ideologies. Using participant observation and in-depth interviews, the author draws on gender and social movement scholarship to reveal how contradictory gender and racial ideologies shape PKs' identities. Furthermore, the PKs' impact on gender and race relations is also contradictory. PK fosters men's growth on an interactional level, allowing men to embrace (...)
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    Espousing Patriarchy: Conciliatory Masculinity and Homosocial Femininity in Religiously Conservative Families.Melanie Heath - 2019 - Gender and Society 33 (6):888-910.
    Drawing on in-depth interviews with individuals in current and former plural Mormon fundamentalist families, I demonstrate how gender is structured relationally in plural marriage, dependent on noncoercive power relations. Men perform a “conciliatory masculinity” based on their position as head of the family that requires constant consensus-building skills and emotional labor to maintain family harmony. This masculinity is shaped in relation to women’s performance of “homosocial femininity” that curbs men’s power by building strong bonds among wives to deflect jealousies and (...)
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    State of Our Unions: Marriage Promotion and the Contested Power of Heterosexuality.Melanie Heath - 2009 - Gender and Society 23 (1):27-48.
    Marriage promotion is a government strategy aimed at ensuring that children are raised in married, heterosexual families, preferably by their biological parents. This article places critical heterosexuality studies in dialogue with feminist state theory to examine marriage promotion as a reaction of the gendered and sexualized state to crisis tendencies of institutionalized heterosexuality. Drawing on the first in-depth study of marriage promotion politics, the author examines polycentric state practices that seek to stabilize the norm of the white, middle-class, heterosexual family. (...)
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    Matrimony, American-Style: Losing Sight of Shifts in Kinship and Family.Melanie Heath - 2005 - Feminist Theory 6 (3):355-365.
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    Book Review: Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet by Kelsy Burke. [REVIEW]Melanie Heath - 2019 - Gender and Society 33 (1):157-159.
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    Climax as Work: Heteronormativity, Gender Labor, and the Gender Gap in Orgasms.Melanie Heath, Tina Fetner & Nicole Andrejek - 2022 - Gender and Society 36 (2):189-213.
    Gender scholars have addressed a variety of gender gaps between men and women, including a gender gap in orgasms. In this mixed-methods study of heterosexual Canadians, we examine how men and women engage in gender labor that limits women’s orgasms relative to men. With representative survey data, we test existing hypotheses that sexual behaviors and relationship contexts contribute to the gender gap in orgasms. We confirm previous research that sexual practices focusing on clitoral stimulation are associated with women’s orgasms. With (...)
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    Book Review: The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neo-Liberal Governance by Jaye Cee Whitehead. [REVIEW]Melanie Heath - 2014 - Gender and Society 28 (1):159-161.
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