ABSTRACT

This chapter examines emasculation as a socio-political condition in which a man is rendered effeminate and castrated in the performance and enactment of sex roles and traits socially constructed for him in a social milieu. It further investigates the reasons and effects of such incapacitation, that results in social humiliation and abuse of identified characters in Irene Isoken-Salami's More than Dancing. The chapter investigates male characters who become victims of emasculation as a result of women's solidarity, conspiracy of silence, male domination and fear of being called weak. It adopts psychoanalysis and masculinity theory in exploring issues of emasculation, social humiliation and psychological castration in the text. Masculinity entitlements refer to the privileges and rights conferred on the male gender in a sexist society. Therefore emasculation results from the fear of or actual male domination in which the oppressed reacts by putting the oppressor in check.