Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Genderless" Baby

I found a video that describes some of the concepts addressed in our “Historicizing and Theorizing Masculinity” module. One of the concepts we discussed was the history of boys clothing and how it drastically differ overtime. It also talked about the sexual “color coding” and how it become a social tradition since the 1920’s. They had baby boys dressed in blue while baby girls wore pink. This in a way reinforced gender norms and quickly placed babies in gender constructs.  Already, newborns were being gendered as one or the other thus, also reinforcing the idea that gender is a binary system.
This video I found describes how a Toronto family has decided to make their child genderless. They decided to name their baby Storm,  and only the family and their close friends, know the sex of the baby. As for everyone else, they don’t know how to classify if baby Storm is a boy or a girl. This stirs up the debate that if parents like this Toronto family are doing the right thing by having their baby Storm viewed as genderless to others. What do you think about this? You can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi30NAByn0w 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

"Boys don't Cry"

I found this video on YouTube and think about what we are learned this week about little boys are not allowed to cry.  Around the age of  5 years old, boys are told by their parents or caregivers that "boys do not cry". Usually, around that age if a boy decides to play with a doll, he can get punished.  After I watch the video that we had for module 1, "The Mas You Live In", I definitely thankful to my grandparents to guide me with my son.  They told me that it was not a good idea to limit my son while he was little to show his feelings.  That made my son a great guy now that he is 22 years old he is caring, loving and awesome young adult that is not afraid to show his feelings toward others.

We have to educate ourselves and others to build a better community around us and to teach our sons, nephews, male cousins and men around us that there is nothing wrong about crying when they feel like it or when they want to.

Thank you so much for watching and reading my post.

Friday, September 1, 2017

I found this video while scrolling through Facebook. I thought it would be a good share because it shows two men who are tasked with wearing acrylic nails for a week.
The two men have very different personalities. One man is very secure with his masculinity and attempts to get very long and decorative nails; while the other is a bit "fragile". The self proclaimed "fragile" male gets his nails a lot shorter. The video then shows us how they are coping with the nails with everyday tasks, such as typing , and using he restroom.  The video also allows the two men to express how they are feeling when people react to their nails. Both negative and positive responses were experienced.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The "Man" Box

           In relation to “Act like a Man: Introducing Masculinities” module I found a Ted Talk with Tony Porter describing the concept of the “man” box. In this video he describes the way how men are “taught to be tough, courageous, strong, and how men should be in charge” (Tony Porter Ted Talk: A Call to Men). This demonstrates the idea of the “man” box which enforces that  men are supposed to not cry, be tough, fight like a man, and be financial successful.  I inserted image below of what the “man” box looks like.

           Here we can see what the “man” box contains. It shows what men are described as and who they should be portrayed as. While the feelings of what any human would be feel should be locked in the confines of this box.  The Ted Talk link below goes more into depth of the image seen here and how men should break free of this “man” box.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Joe Biden's Advice to College Men

Joe Biden's Advice to College Men (Buzzfeed)

"...a woman who is dead drunk cannot consent. YOU ARE RAPING HER."

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Wrestler and the Cornflake Girl

Ring legend Mick Foley explains how Tori Amos changed his life (links to article)
(by Mick Foley, compliments of Slate Magazine)

Mick Foley and Tori Amos are two of my heroes. I have never been into wrestling beyond when I was a very young girl but have seen Tori Amos almost every time she has ever played live in Central Florida. If you haven't seen her--you should at least watch her play two pianos at once online. Lyrically, she straight up slithers into your soul but has typically been considered "chick music." I was lucky enough to know musicians who appreciated her talent and skill and transcended stereotypes quite willingly. But it wasn't until I learned about Mick Foley from a student who took a Theories of Masculinity course with me that I gained a greater appreciation for the incredible power of commingling--the most stereotypically masculine man and his counterpart, but oh so talented and compassionate and real and so much in common when one may never guess or imagine and that is the lesson. One of them anyway... This is a story that has many stories but he and she are worth exploring further if you don't know them. They are feminist activists against sexual assault, rape, trafficking, and sexism. They are intriguing, brilliant, compassionate individuals who defy stereotypes and expectations. And they both inspire the hell out of me. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Toxic masculinity (from the GeekFeminism Wiki)

Toxic masculinity is one of the ways in which Patriarchy is harmful to men. It refers to the socially-constructed attitudes that describe the masculine gender role as violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth.
A well-known masculinity/men's rights movement that is not mostly anti-feminist has yet to appear. For a silencing tactic used to discredit patriarchy's harm to people who are not men, see Patriarchy hurts men too.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Republicans condemn university's masculinity program as a 'war on men'

As someone who proposed and teaches a course on "masculinities," I find this alarming, to say the least. I would appreciate any of these politicians signing up for a masculinities course before making assumptions. If expanding concepts of masculinity to enable men to be who they want to be beyond established parameters is considered a "war on men," then call me General. Seriously... Leave education to educators. 

From Edward Helmore's article in The Guardian:

"The latest row over academic freedom erupted at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in December when a Republican state senator, Steve Nass, launched an attack on the chancellor and regents over an 
undergraduate program on masculinity that Nass claims “declares war on men”.