Author Archives: kpruskko

Something I was left wondering after our discussion about masculinity, vulnerability andΒ  πŸ”« was how πŸ‘± culpability versus πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§ culpability works to reinforce norms of who (what groups) we traditionally think of as capable ofΒ  πŸ”«. At DeRay McKesson’s talk yesterday he hit the nail on the head when he said something like β€œnot calling ⬜️ people terrorists is saying that that type of evil isn’t β¬œοΈβ€ and ⬜️ people aren’t capable of being wicked in ways that other ethno-racial groups are. ⬜️ness tries to (and often seemingly succeeds in) monopolize(ing) intellectualism. This claim to higher thinking and logic is part of the reason why we are so reluctant to call ⬜️ terrorists, terrorists. They are perceived to be above that.

So how do our perceptions of πŸ‘±β€™s versus πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§β€™s implications in destructive orΒ  πŸ”« events skew the way we perceive those events? How do we reframe ⬜️ people, and men specifically, as capable of being evil? More importantly, how do we deconstruct notions of wickedness and evilness as only characteristic of some groups (based on stereotypes and entrenched assumptions) and not others? More broadly speaking, how do we denaturalizeΒ  πŸ”« in contexts where it is the norm? And how can we resist stereotyping or generalizing entire populations based on some πŸ‘±β€™s behaviors within that population? (I’m thinking specifically about how in some nations domesticΒ  πŸ”« is somewhat normalized. The issue with that is that we then extrapolate those ideas of β€œothers’” volatility to people of that country’s descent. We need to stop these behaviors that typecast people in certain ways.)

Key:

πŸ‘±Β = individual

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§Β = group

⬜️ = white

πŸ”«Β = violence/violent

Aging in Men

I still had some questions about how ☠ affects πŸ‘¦πŸ½Β  and πŸ™ŽπŸ½ differently after our discussion. How does society’s view of πŸ™ŽπŸ½ as ☠ sooner and quicker than πŸ‘¦πŸ½Β  further reinforce πŸ‘¦πŸ½ ✊🏼? If we could eliminate ☠ somehow, would that change the way we think about πŸ‘¦πŸ½β€™s and πŸ™ŽπŸ½β€™s vulnerability? To what extent?

Over πŸ•˜ and through puberty, the gendered body is made increasingly legible. So I wonder at what point (aka what ☠) does getting older transform from a symbol of achieving manhood to one of relinquishing masculinity?

Key:

☠= age/aging

πŸ‘¦πŸ½=men/male

πŸ™ŽπŸ½=women

✊🏼=dominance

πŸ•˜= time