Masculinities 101 Week in Review: February 14, 2014

14 Feb

Your weekly essential reads (and videos, and more) on men and masculinities coming up:

A lot of talk about masculinity, sports, and homophobia this week. Here and elsewhere. Our own Cheryl Llewellyn wrote about Homophobia, the Olympics, and the US. 

College football player and NFL prospect Michael Sam came out as gay, making him the first active openly gay (future) NFL player. Here is what one Texas Sports Anchor had to say (yes, this is a Sports Anchor quoting Audre Lorde).

In other Olympic news, at least one commentator is uncomfortable with the achievements of female athletes because, well, according to his standards they are not feminine enough.

Elsewhere on the web, Michael Kaufman talks about Men and Feminism at the Being a Man Festival:

It’s V-Day.

It’s also Valentine’s Day, which means it’s the perfect time to (re)read this fantastic comic by mamamantis who takes on the concept of the ‘friendzone’: The Friend-Zoner vs. Nice Guy.

In other Valentine’s Day news, Sociological Images discusses the feminization of love and the masculinization of sex.

In the viral short film Oppressed Majority [trigger warning for sexual violence], we encounter a world in which gender roles are reversed… [major trigger warning for depictions of sexual violence! Also, very questionable representations of racial minority populations and the homeless…]. Over at The New Yorker, Andrea Denhoed points out that the “film risks giving us a caricature of sexism” and calls for a representation of sexism “that shows how [it] can creep into the behavior of men who aren’t jerks at all.”

Sociological Images calls out male privilege in Hollywood (and quotes data to back it up).

(Find interesting articles, videos, blogposts related to masculinities? Send them our way and we’ll try to include them in our next Week in Review)

One Response to “Masculinities 101 Week in Review: February 14, 2014”

  1. Amanda Kennedy February 14, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    This one didn’t make it quite in time, but it is worth lengthy discussion and immediate activist engagement:
    Basically, Kansas is on the verge of enacting legislation that would allow anyone to discriminate against gays and gay couples simply because it goes against their religious values. Anyone…that means, doctors, cops, pharmacists, restaurant owners/workers, hotel owners/employees, lawyers…anyone.

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