Breaking the Man Box: Reconstructing Masculinity in America

Friday, March 28, 2014
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What does it mean to be a man? Historically, certain images of masculinity have been foundational to American beliefs and values. Challenging these rigid constructs has resulted in major shifts in American society, opening up opportunities for new ideas about gender, identities, and behaviors. How are Women/Gender Studies challenging traditional cultural behaviors? How are ideas about masculinity shifting and helping families raise feminist sons? This conversation engages panelists and participants in an examination of manhood, maleness and masculinity by discussing cultural contexts such as sports, gaming and guns; male power in the market place; ethnic masculinities; paternity and parenting; artistic expression; and sexual expression and identity.

This is a companion to the Office for Equity and Diversity's Critical Conversations about Diversity and Social Justice series at the University of Minnesota. Co-sponsored by the University Libraries.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out some of the highlighted resources.



A call to men by Tony Porter from TEDWomen 2010
How movies teach manhood by Colin Stokes TEDxBeaconStreet 2012
Violence against women—it's a men's issue by Jackson Katz TEDxFiDiWomen 2012
Ten responses to the phrase 'Man Up' by Guante




This page was created by Jody Gray, Diversity Outreach Librarian.
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