“While women demand a new status, says [Simone] de Beauvoir, they are far from achieving it and the institutions of patriarchy are still largely intact. Not only have 'abstract rights' not been granted to women everywhere; abstract rights themselves have never sufficed to assure women a definite hold on the world. True equality, she adds, … Continue reading Existentialism and the Origins of Male Supremacy
“Treating ‘men’ and ‘women’ as undifferentiated categories, it is possible to draw up a collective balance sheet for men showing both the gains and losses, or benefits and costs, from contemporary gender arrangements. [...] The model distinguishes four major dimensions (or structures) in gender relations. This discussion focusses on the current state of play in … Continue reading Men’s Interests in Contemporary Patriarchy: A Draft Balance Sheet
“The 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb depicts the initiation of World War III as a great act of overcompensation by a sexually impotent general [General Jack D. Ripper]. [...] The masculine overcompensation thesis asserts that men react to masculine insecurity by enacting extreme demonstrations … Continue reading Overdoing Gender: A Test of the Masculine Overcompensation Thesis
“The racial dimension of mass incarceration is its most striking feature. No other country imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities. The United States imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid. In Washington, D.C., it is estimated that three out of four young … Continue reading The racial dimension of mass incarceration is its most striking feature . . .
“It was Jo Ann Robinson and E.D. Nixon, not Dr. King, that led the spark that created a successful Montgomery Bus Boycott. This story of grassroots activists, of unnamed women and men who made a critical difference, was duplicated a thousand times across the South. [...] So, the Civil Rights Movement was not simply an … Continue reading Beyond the Big Names of the Civil Rights Movement
“Crises of national masculinity are a dominant and recurring feature of mainstream political discourse in the United States, but their political utility for jingoistic and authoritarian campaigns bears particular relevance in the modern day. 9/11, and the subsequent war on terror, enshrined a very particular version of masculine crisis into a narrative that had … Continue reading The Alt-Right: Reactionary Rehabilitation for White Masculinity
Today marks the day where Marx's influential and widely-read book Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Volume 1: The Process of Production of Capital (1867) was published 150 years ago: “But machinery not only acts as a competitor who gets the better of the workman, and is constantly on the point of making him superfluous. … Continue reading The Strife between Workman and Machine
“I realized that if certain areas of the brain could change from the typical ‘female form’ to the typical ‘male form’ under stress, there was no point in talking about the female brain and the male brain” “We take for granted how often laymen and even researchers use science—and specifically neuroscience—to “verify” stereotypes about gender: … Continue reading The Biggest Myth about our Brains is that they are “Male” or “Female”
“Each year on the 19th of January, there is renewed effort to canonize Robert E. Lee, the greatest confederate general. His personal comeliness, his aristocratic birth and his military prowess all call for the verdict of greatness and genius. But one thing–one terrible fact–militates against this, and that is the inescapable truth that Robert E. … Continue reading No Excuses for a Racist Murderer
“The closer we come to uncovering some form of exemplary masculinity, a masculinity which is solid and sure of itself, the clearer it becomes that masculinity is structured through contradiction: the more it asserts itself, the more it calls itself into question.” Segal, Lynne. 1990. Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers … Continue reading … the more masculinity asserts itself, the more it calls itself into question.