Image of Masculinity: Young male surfers (“The Pier Club Mob”) tease Alf “Bait” Gould about his backless swimsuit (a gift from his girlfriend), Bondi Beach, 10 October 1932, by Sam Hood

Here’s a great picture of the social regulation of masculinity in action, 1930’s style! There’s a few interesting aspects to this;the swimsuit is a gift from his girlfriend, this guy can (I’m assuming) be pretty secure in his masculine bona fides, and he is transgressing current regulations about acceptable dress codes.


Young male surfers (“The Pier Club Mob”) tease Alf “Bait” Gould about his backless swimsuit (a gift from his girlfriend), Bondi Beach, 10 October 1932, by Sam Hood

Originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection

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2 Comments on “Image of Masculinity: Young male surfers (“The Pier Club Mob”) tease Alf “Bait” Gould about his backless swimsuit (a gift from his girlfriend), Bondi Beach, 10 October 1932, by Sam Hood”

  1. Joseph Says:

    Clif Evers has written some nice papers about masculinity and surfing:
    http://jss.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/30/3/229
    http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a916489374~db=all~jumptype=rss

    A nice line, too, in Tim Winton’s Breath about surfing: “How strange it was to see men do something beautiful. Something pointless and elegant, as though nobody saw or cared”.

  2. Daran Says:

    he is transgressing current regulations about acceptable dress codes.

    I presume you mean that he was transgressing contemporary regulations about acceptable dress codes.

    For a man to dress like that today would also be a transgression – to my twenty-first century eyes, those look like women’s costumes.


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