Boys learn that academic disengagement is a sign of their masculinity. If we want to re-engage boys in education, no amount of classroom tinkering and recess and science fiction reading is going to address that. We will need to enable boys to decouple the cultural definition of masculinity from academic disengagement.
—Michael Kimmel in “Do Boys Face More Sexism Than Girls” in the Huffington Post
I share concern for the emasculation of black men in our country today. But I don’t see it happening in instances of creative men stepping outside of the box and expressing themselves through fashion—to me, those are defiant acts of freedom. Instead, I see emasculation through the outlandish prison rates of black men in America or oppressive policies like stop-and-frisk that target young black men and turn them into statistics.
From “Black Man in a Dress” by Wilbert Cooper in VICE.
Bill Maher talked about the “state of our manhood” during his New Rules portion of his show, Real Time. As usual, Maher has some problematic language (“dickless armchair warriors”), but he eventually gets into something I never understood: the obsession with some grown men over athletes, guns, and how both relate to their sense of manhood.
(Video via Mediaite)
[Young men] learn that if they are crossed, they have the manly obligation to fight back. They learn that they are entitled to feel like a real man, and that they have the right to annihilate anyone who challenges that sense of entitlement.
This sense of entitlement is part of the package deal of American manhood — the culture that doesn’t start the fight, as Margaret Mead pointed out in her analysis of American military history, but retaliates far out of proportion to the initial grievance. They learn that “aggrieved entitlement” is a legitimate justification for violent explosion.
—Michael Kimmel on CNN.com
“[Bushmaster’s] ‘Man Card’ campaign can only work in a culture where white masculinity is seen not only as fragile, but under attack. “
-Hugo Schwyzer in Daily Life.
(The photo was from an ad campaign for Bushmaster, the brand of gun used by Adam Lanza in the Newtown, CT shooting.)
It is also time to broaden the gun policy debate to a more in-depth discussion about the declining economic and cultural power of white men, and to deconstruct the gendered rhetoric of “defending liberty” and “fighting tyranny” that animates much right-wing opposition to even moderate gun control measures. If one effect of this tragedy is that journalists and others in media are able to create space for a discussion about guns that focuses on the role of guns in men’s psyches and identities, and how this plays out in their political belief systems, we might have a chance to move beyond the current impasse.
—Jackson Katz in the Huffington Post.
Seriously? We’re still trying to sell products by saying, “‘Real men’ only do/buy certain things,” and using misogynist language to do it?
(From HuffPost Women)
..turning 40, being a man and growing up is not about arriving at some mythical destination but, rather, embarking on a memorable journey.
—Jim Butler in the Guardian
Cultures that put all “honour” in the purity of “their” women – and keep women weak – are actually setting them up as targets. An insistence on “purity” is just the other side of the coin of insisting on sexually servicing other men. In both cases, the body of a woman exists in the battlefield of male control.
—“Sexual Violence Against Women Is The Result Of The Cult Of Masculinity” by Gloria Steinem and Lauren Wolfe