Monday, February 20, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012


To run or walk into a strong headwind is to understand the power of nature. You set your jaw in a squared grimace, your eyes are slits against the wind, and you breathe with a fierce determination. And still you make so little progress.

To walk or run with that same wind at your back is to float, to sail effortlessly, expending virtually no energy. You do not feel the wind; it feels you. You do not feel how it pushes you along; you feel only the effortlessness of your movements. You feel like you could go on forever. It is only when you turn around and face that wind that you realize its strength.
Being white, or male, or heterosexual in this culture is like running with the wind at your back. It feels like just plain running, and we rarely if ever get a chance to see how we are sustained, supported, and even propelled by that wind.

It is time to make that wind visible.

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Call for Submissions Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power •revised second edition•


Call for Submissions
Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge)
•revised second edition•
Deadline: March 30, 2012

How can we better understand and imagine new possibilities for men and feminism? Are you a guy who hates sexism? Do you call yourself a feminist? Have you spent hours over coffee (or beer or on blogs) debating issues of gender, power, race, class, and sexuality? Are you involved with social justice activism? Have you grappled with accountability, imperfection, and social change? If so, then you have stories to tell and I’d like to hear what you have to say. I am collecting essays for a revised second edition of Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power (Routledge). I’m interested in first-person accounts of growing up male and identifying with — or questioning the ideals of — feminism. Stories about pivotal moments in personal or political change are especially welcome. You don’t have to call yourself a feminist to have a relevant story. There are so many directions your essay can take, but I am NOT looking for an academic essay. No citations, no footnotes. I AM looking for thought-provoking stories written in your own unique voice using language you actually use when you talk with your friends. You can use personal stories, things that happened to you, things that people said to you, or that you said to them (or wish you had … or hadn’t.) I am looking for a wide range of experience and perspectives on men and masculinity.

This book respects the risk involved in being willing to critically investigate gender, sex, and power — especially when this isn’t what some people expect from guys. There are lots of good books written by and about feminist women. Men Speak Out is written by, for, and about men and male-identified contributors. The revised second edition will add compelling new perspectives on culture, society, masculinity, feminism, women’s/gender studies, social justice, and anti-sexist movements.

DEADLINE: March 30, 2012
LENGTH: 2,000 to 3,500 words.
FORMAT: Essays must be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font, paginated, double spaced, with standard margins. For full consideration, submit full essays, a brief bio (75-100 words), and complete contact information. Send submissions in .doc or .docx attachment.
SUBMITTING: Send to Shira Tarrant at Include Men Speak Out 
2e Submission in the subject line. Essays must conform to these complete guidelines for full


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"If Beer and Sausage Sandwiches were Babies"

I saw this on Facebook on the Diary of an Accidental Dad page (posted by someone else which led me there) and had to post it here! The caption of this series of images reads: "If beer and sausage sandwiches were babies." Of course this is intended for humor and not necessarily to be deconstructed but that's how I roll! I am curious about whether folks think this reinforces stereotypes, subverts them, plays with them, upsets them (not that any of these are necessarily mutually exclusive), etcetera (emphasis on etcetera;). His site seems based on "play" and I appreciate the broad representations of "manhood" and "fatherhood" he imbues with humor along the way.