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Franklin & Marshall College

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Spring 2010

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Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender


The present study investigated the impact alcohol has in creating Dutch masculinity. Twenty Young men between the ages of thirteen and nineteen participated in interviews for this project, participants under the age of eighteen were required to have a parental consent form signed. The focus of the research was to find out how, and if, alcohol plays a role in creating masculinity. It was assumed that most participants would drink alcohol on a regular basis and believe that drinking it was essential to be a man. In my results, my assumptions were proven incorrect. Most of the boys were not frequent drinkers and did not associate alcohol to manliness. They did, however, associate drinking beer with being male and drinking wine with being female. I think this is a topic that needs to be investigated further in the future.


Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology


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