On February 5th, we heard from Stephanie Weiskopf and Austin Sweeney from “The Men’s Project”, which is a program for undergraduate man-identifying students to explore their own masculinity. First, it was explained that the study of masculinities was actually born out of the feminist movement of the 1970’s. There are many different types of masculinity based on many different factors including socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, gender expression, and more. However, the most dominant and arguably the most damaging form of masculinity is hegemonic masculinity.
Hegemonic Masculinity is defined by Four Pillars:
It was said during the talk by Stephanie and Austin that the number one fear of men is to be embarrassed in front of other men, while the number one fear of women is to be killed by a man. The statistics below seem to support this fear of violence in women. In America, more than 1 in 4 women have experienced sexual violence from a partner.
Of course, some of the women who have experienced violence from an intimate partner could have experienced it at the hand of a women. Nevertheless, allowing men to step outside of the “man-box” and abolish the rules of hegemonic masculinity would be beneficial to both men and women. The following video was played during the meeting and it shows the consequences of men acting out hegemonic masculinity.
At our next meeting on February 19th we discussed the following questions and encouraged the continued thought on this subject matter. The first half of the meeting was split by gender identity, and for the second half, we discussed in diverse gender identity groups. This allowed for open and honest discussion by all, in whatever environment they were most comfortable.
Kimmel, Michael. “Interview: Michael Kimmel, Ph.D.” No Safe Place: Violence Against Women. PBS. 27 March. 1998. Television.
Zhang, Laura. “One Disturbing Chart That Explains Violence Against Women.” Mic. 10 July. 2013. Web. 15 March. 2016.
Porter, Tony. “Tony Porter: A Call to Men.” Online video file. TEDWomen. TED, Dec. 2010. Web. 18 March. 2016.
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