Judith Butler on Being Attacked in Brazil

“I understand that the puppet/poster representing me included both a witch's hat and a bright pink bra, signifying gay or trans life in some way. I am not sure they thought about what it meant to accuse me of being both a witch and trans. If I am trans, then I would presumably be a … Continue reading Judith Butler on Being Attacked in Brazil

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Emasculated Men Refuse to Do Chores—Except Cooking

“For some men, these are scary times. Men lost jobs in the recession, and women outnumber them on college campuses. (Some are predicting, in fact, that we’re witnessing the end of men.)As I’ve written, one way some men are responding to their slipping place in the social hierarchy is by supporting Donald Trump, whose rhetoric hearkens to a … Continue reading Emasculated Men Refuse to Do Chores—Except Cooking

Babies, Blood, and Power

“In fact, men often report feeling left out of family life and other things close to the life process. As Sam Keen recounts his experience as a father, for example, the birth of his children left him feeling not only awestruck but profoundly inadequate: In that hour, all my accomplishments--books I had written, works of … Continue reading Babies, Blood, and Power

The Masculinity Problem

“Scholars who study masculinity and mass shootings have consistently drawn attention to the fact that mass shootings are not only a uniquely American social problem; they are a problem with American men. We’ve argued before that there are two questions that require explanation related to gender and mass shootings. First, why is it that men commit virtually all … Continue reading The Masculinity Problem

Existentialism and the Origins of Male Supremacy

“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

Men’s Interests in Contemporary Patriarchy: A Draft Balance Sheet

“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

Overdoing Gender: A Test of the Masculine Overcompensation Thesis

“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 Alt-Right: Reactionary Rehabilitation for White Masculinity

  “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

The Biggest Myth about our Brains is that they are “Male” or “Female”

“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”

… the more masculinity asserts itself, the more it calls itself into question.

“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.