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             working men — is no stretch, really, because the very title of Drummer
             comes from Emerson’s pal Henry David Thoreau who is quoted on the
             masthead of nearly every issue of Drummer: “If a man does not keep pace
             with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
             Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”
                That non-aggressive Transcendentalist self-reliance is at the very
             heart of self-disciplined homomasculinity. Just as the Marlboro ads never
             reference women, homomasculinity is a Whitmanian he-festival, a moment
             out of time, place, and politics that allows men to consider their essence
             and identity as males in terms of themselves and other men, before they
             dare even consider themselves ready or worthy to approach females and
             family. Philosophically, homomasculinity is a meditational helix very like
             Thomas Aquinas’ consideration of ens qua ens, being as being, masculinity
             as masculinity, queer as queer — a defensible intellectual exercise that is
             also legitimate emotionally, sexually, and politically on the human level.
             Masculinism and feminism both pale beside humanism which includes
             them both. That is why the first sentence of the masculine-identified
             Some Dance to Remember is very pointedly the tender homo-humanism
             of “In the end, he could not deny his human heart.”

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                Glossary ” in George W. Henry, editor,  Sex Variants: A Study of
                Homosexual Patterns, New York: Hoeber, 1941
             Leyland, Winston, editor, Gay Roots: Twenty Years of Gay Sunshine — An
                Anthology of Gay History, Sex, Politics & Culture, San Francisco: Gay
                Sunshine Press, 1991
             Murray, Thomas E., and Murrell, Thomas R., The Language of Sadomas-
                ochism: A Glossary and Linguistic Analysis, Westport CT: Greenwood
                Press, 1989
             Rodgers, Bruce, The Queen’s Vernacular: A Gay Lexicon, San Francisco:
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