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CRUZ, Lucas Magalhães; NUNEZ, Maria Eugenia  e  DIAMANTINO, Rui Maia. Homem contemporâneo: cavaleiro medieval, enigmático ou toxicômano?Contemporary man: medieval knight, fey or junkie?. Estud. psicanal. [online]. 2015, n.43, pp. 57-65. ISSN 0100-3437.

This paper addresses issues about the image of virile masculinity in contemporary society, from a sociological framework on gender and a psychoanalysis one on aspects of male sexuality. It shows that the imagery of male virility is in transformation, although still persists a representation of a man who must not appear “weak”, since the “weakness” in a man is synonymous with femininity and his or her homosexuality. Grounded over a therapy fragment carried out at a specialized institution for welcome and treatment of drug abusers, it connects drug use with homosexual activity as some kind of supply, to the distress caused by the lack and hesitancy of masculine identity, both experienced by the user depicted in the clinical case. Producing more questions over the subject, the text concludes appointing to the dichotomy between the official discourse about the attention to drug abusers and the imperatives of desire versus repressed prejudices in culture, which reinforce one old fashioned model of masculinity, which carries the subject to many forms of psychosocial harmful actions. A therapeutic listening psychotherapy can be a way to integrate the subject to his unspoken desire and ease the anguish that leads to addiction.

Palavras-chave : Psychoactive substances; Male identity; Homosexuality; Psychosocial care.

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