Masculinities 101 Week in Review: September 12, 2014

12 Sep

Your weekly essential catch-up on all things men and masculinities-related here:

Fem & the ArchiveTODAY, Feminism & the Archive roundtable at the CUNY Graduate Center that will bring together a variety of perspectives on feminism and the archive, broadly conceived. Participants will speak about their work about and in the archive as archivists, scholars, and feminists, as well as how archival research  allows us to consider and re-conceive of feminist genealogies and genres. Work to be discussed includes autobiographical accounts of the 1970s and 80s  that explore how and why various feminist expressions were used by U.S. feminists writers to mobilize subjects, identities, and communities as well as archival analysis of the genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture.

This week on Soc Images, Man Up, Ladies! draws attention to a Glamour magazine article suggesting that women should exhibit masculine characteristic (through dress mainly) in order to succeed in the specific parts of the workforce. Also featured is a piece that considers the compatibility factors of homogamy, when couples are “more likely than not to match on a whole host of characteristics: age, income, education level, race, religion…” within the context of dating sites like OKCupid.

This week the Huff Post sets out to challenge dominant ideas about masculinity by featuring portraits of male ballet and contemporary dancers taken from Amy Elkins’ photography series, Dansuer.

In other news this week, much is being said about Ray Rice and Oscar Pistorius. A central theme in many of the arguments is Sport’s tendency to protect its own by ignoring all manner of criminal infraction, but specifically, gender violence. Here are a couple of pieces that cover the stories that might be of interest: on Ray Rice: The Brian Lehrer Show podcast and on Pistorius: NYT online.

Two upcoming events to note on your calendars:

Barnard Center for Research on Women: The Closet with Henry Abelove; discussing how and why and in what specific circumstances did the term “the closet”–as connoting a hidden life–first come into use among gay and lesbian Americans. Tuesday, September 16, 12pm @ BCRW, 101 Barnard Hall.

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU: Transgender/Transnational: Mapping Transgender Subjectivity Across National & Institutional Boundaries; a forum with Tey Meadow & Afsaneh Najmabadi; Thursday, September 25, 6:30-8 pm @Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor.

AND let us not forget A CALL FOR PROPOSALS. The International Conference on Masculinities: Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality on March 6-8, 2015. The Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities along with the American Men’s Studies Association and the MenEngage Network invite proposals from academics, activists, artists, advocates, policy-makers, clinicians etc. The deadline for proposal submission is October 31st, 2014. Follow link above for more information.

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.

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