Course Schedule

PART ONE                                        THEORIZING MASCULINITIES “IN CRISIS”                                    

WEEK ONE                                       INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE

30 August                                         What Makes a Man?

 No Reading.

WEEK TWO                                      MANHOOD IN CRISIS

4 September                                   The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of the Self-Made Man

*Bederman, Gail.  1995.  “Introduction” (pp. 1 – 44) in Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880 – 1917.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

*White, Cameron, John L. Oliffe, and Joan L. Bartloff.  2012.  “From the Physician to the Marlboro Man: Masculinity, Health, and Cigarette Advertising in America, 1946 – 1964.”  Men and Masculinities 15(5): 526 – 547.

6 September                                  The Contemporary Crisis of Masculinity

Kimmel, Michael.  2017.  “Introduction: America, the Angry” (pp. 1 – 30) and “Manufacturing Rage: The Cultural Construction of Aggrieved Entitlement” (pp. 31 – 68) in Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of An Era.

WEEK THREE                                  WHY MASCULINITIES?

11 September                                The Multiple Masculinities Approach

*Burke, Nathaniel.  2016.  “Hegemonic Masculinity at Work in the Gay Adult Film Industry.”  Sexualities 19(5 – 6): 587 – 607.

*Connell, Raewyn.  2005.  “The Social Organization of Masculinity” (pp. 67 – 86) in Masculinities.  Berkeley: University of California Press.

*Messerschmidt, James W.  2016. “Wimps: Sam and Jerry” (pp. 65 – 96) in Masculinities in the Making: From the Local to the Global.  Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

13 September                                Hybrid and Inclusive Masculinities

*Anderson, Eric.  2008.  “Inclusive Masculinity in a Fraternal Setting.”  Men and Masculinities 10(5): 604 – 620.

*McDowell, Amy D.  2017.  “Aggressive and Loving Men:  Gender Hegemony in Christian Hardcore Punk.”  Gender & Society 31(2): 223 – 244.

*Young, Kathryne M.  2017.  “Masculine Compensation and Masculine Balance: Notes on the Hawaiian Cockfight.”  Social Forces 95(4): 1341 – 1370.

EXPERTS:  BEN RAY, SARAH GUILBAULT

WEEKS FOUR AND FIVE                INTERSECTIONAL MASCULINITIES

18 September                                 Constructing Alternate Subjectivities

*Thangaraj, Stanley.  2015.  “Who is Desi? Understanding Organized Brown Out Basketball“ (pp. 69 – 110) and  “Racial Ambiguity: Hoopin’ in Other Ethnic Leagues” (pp. 111 – 144) in Desi Hoop Dreams: Pickup Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity.  New York: NYU Press.

EXPERTS: RONMEL RUGAMA-MONTENEGRO, OLIVIA ERICKSON

20 September                                Subverting Hegemonic Subjectivities

*Rios, Victor and Rachel Sarabia.  2016.  “Synthesized Masculinities: The Mechanics of Manhood Among Delinquent Boys” (pp. 166 – 177) in Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity, and Change, C.J. Pascoe and Tristan Bridges, eds.  New York: Oxford University Press.

*Rios, Victor.  2011.  “Dummy Smart: Misrecognition, Acting Out, and Going ‘Dumb’” (pp. 97 – 123) and “Proving Manhood: Masculinity as a Rehabilitative Tool” (pp. 124 – 141) in Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Men.  New York: NYU Press.

EXPERTS: ISABEL THOMAS, OLIVIA ERICKSON, SOPHIE COHEN, NELSON ANDRADE

25 September                                Female Masculinities

*Adams, Natalie, Alison Schmidke, and Amy Franklin.  2005.  “Tomboys, Dykes, and Girly Girls: Interrogating the Subjectivities of Female Athletes.  Women’s Studies Quarterly 1/2: 17 – 34.

*Halberstam, Judith.  1998.  “An Introduction to Female Masculinity: Masculinity Without Men” (pp. 1 – 44) in  Female Masculinity. Durham: Duke University Press.

*Lane-Steele, Laura. 2011.  “Studs and Protest-Hypermasculinity: The Tomboyism within Black Lesbian Female Masculinity.  Journal of Lesbian Studies 15(4): 480 – 492.

EXPERTS: SHANNON KNIGHT, OCTAVIO CASTRO, MADDIE LEMAL-BROWN, SANED DIAZ

27 September                                Trans Masculinities

*Schilt, Kristin.  2006.  “Just One of the Guys? How Transmen Make Gender Visible at Work.”  Gender & Society 26(4): 465 – 490.

*Schilt, Kristin, Windsor Eloi.  2014.  “The Sexual Habitus of Transgender Men: Negotiating Sexuality Through Gender.”  Journal of Homosexuality 61: 732 – 748.

*Westbrook, Laurel and Kristen Schilt.  2016.  “Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: ‘Gender Normals, Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality.”  Gender & Society 23: 440 – 464.

EXPERTS: AMBER RAMOS, ALEXADRIANA THAMMAVONGSA, LEX HORWITZ

WEEK SIX                                        EMBODIED MASCULINITIES

2 October                                        Embodying Hegemonic Masculinity

*Bridges, Tristan.  2009.  “Gender Capital and Male Bodybuilders.”  Body & Society 15(1): 83 -107.

*Hennen, Peter.  2005.  “Bear Bodies, Bear Masculinity: Recuperation, Resistance, or Retreat?”  Gender & Society 19(1): 25 – 43.

*Masi de Casanova, Erynn.  2015.  “The F Word: Men’s Engagement with Fashion” (pp. 148 – 174) in Buttoned Up: Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

EXPERTS: DAVID LEEN, NINA ALVARADO-SILVERMAN, SOPHIE COHEN

4 October                                        “The Dilemma of Disabled Masculinity”

*Shuttleworth, Russell, Nikki Wedgewood, and Nathan J. Wilson.  2012.  “The Dilemma of Disabled Masculinity.”  Men and Masculinities 15(2): 174 – 194.  

*Gibson, Barbara E., et al.  2014.  “Becoming Men: Gender, Disability, and Transitioning into Adulthood.”  Health 18(1): 95 – 114.

*Pini, Barbara and Mary-Lou Conway.  2017.  “Masculinity and Fathering in the Lives of Rural Men with a Disability.”  Journal of Rural Studies 51: 267 – 274.

EXPERTS: AVA JACKSON, MEREDITH STANHOPE, DAISY WISLAR, HALYE MAURICE

PART TWO                                       MASCULINITIES AND THE LIFE COURSE                                        

WEEK SEVEN                                   SOCIALIZING INTO MASCULINITIES

9 October                                         FALL BREAK – No Reading.

11 October                                      CREATING BOYS

*Chu, Judy.  2012.  “Socialization and its Discontents” (pp. 63 – 107) in When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships, and Masculinity.  New York: NYU Press.

*Ferguson, Anne L.  2012.  “Getting in Trouble” (pp. 163 – 196) in Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

*Kane, Emily W.  2006.  “‘No Way My Boys are Going to Be Like That!” Parents’ Responses to Children’s Gender Nonconformity.”  Gender & Society 20(2): 149 – 176.

EXPERTS: OCTAVIO CASTRO, PETER BENSEN, SPENCER ATUNEZ, ALEXADRIANA THAMMAVONGSA

WEEK EIGHT                                   FROM BOYS TO MEN

16 October                                      BECOMING A MAN

*Mora, Richard.  2012.  “‘Do It For All Your Pubic Hairs!’: Latino Boys, Masculinity, and Puberty.  Gender & Society 26: 433 – 460.

*Oransky, Matthew and Jeanne Marecek.  2009.  “ ‘I’m Not Going to Be a Girl:’ Masculinity and Emotions in Boys’ Friendships and Peer Groups.”  Journal of Adolescent Research 24(2): 218 – 241.

*Tolman, Deborah, et al.  2003.  “Sowing the Seeds of Violence in Heterosexual Relationships: Early Adolescents Narrate Compulsory Heterosexuality.”  Journal of Social Issues 59(1): 159 – 178.

Film: The Mask You Live In

EXPERTS: CAMILLE SERRANO, AMBER RAMOS, SANED DIAZ, NELSON ANDRADE

18 October                                      Isn’t it Bromantic!

*Anderson, Eric and Mark McCormack.  2014.  “Cuddling and Spooning: Heteromasculinity and Homosocial Tactility Among Student-Athletes.  Men and Masculinities 18(2): 214 – 230.

*Grazian, David.  2007.  “The Girl Hunt: Urban Nightlife and the Performance of Masculinity as Collective Activity.”  Symbolic Interaction 30(2): 221 – 243.

*Hartmann, Douglas.  2003.  “The Sanctity of Sunday Football: Why Men Love Sports.” Contexts 2: 11 – 19.

*Kimmel, Michael.  2008.  “Bros Before Hos”: The Guy Code (pp. 44 – 70) in Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. New York: Harper Collins.

EXPERTS: MADDIE LEMAL-BROWN, AVA JACKSON, BEN RAY, LEX HORWITZ

WEEK NINE                                    ADVENTURES IN GUYLAND

23/25 October                               Masculinities and Sexuality

*Diefendorf, Sarah.  2015.  “After the Wedding Night: Sexual Abstinence and Masculinities Over the Life Course.”  Gender & Society 29(5): 647 – 669.

*Kimmel, Michael.  2008.  “Hooking Up: Sex in Guyland” (pp. 190 – 216) in Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. New York: Harper Collins.

*Silva, Tony.  2017.  “Bud Sex: Constructing Normative Masculinity Among Rural Straight Men that Have Sex with Men.”  Gender & Society 31(1): 51 – 73.

EXPERTS: CAMILLE SERRANO, MEREDITH STANHOPE, SARAH GUILBAULT 

WEEK TEN                                     PORNOGRAPHY 

30 October/1 November              Men and Pornography

*Dines, Gail.  2010.  “Grooming for Gonzo: Becoming a Man in Porn Culture” (pp. 59 – 78), “Leaky Images: How Porn Seeps into Men’s Lives” (pp. 79 – 98) and “Racy Sex, Sexy Racism” (pp. 121 – 140) in Pornland: How Porn Has Jacked Our Sexuality. Boston: Beacon Press.

*Kimmel, Michael.  2008.  “Babes in Boyland: Pornography” (pp. 169 – 189) in  Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. New York: Harper Collins.

EXPERTS: SHANNON KNIGHT, DIANA FURUKAWA, AMIE SILLAH

WEEK ELEVEN                               MASCULINITIES AT WORK AND AT HOME

6 November                                     Masculinities at Work

*Pierce, Jennifer L.  1995.  “Rambo Litigators: Emotional Labor in a Male Dominated Job” (pp. 50 – 82) in Gender Trials: Emotional Lives in Contemporary Law Firms.  Berkeley: University of California Press.

*Quinn, Beth A.  2002.  “Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of ‘Girl Watching’.” Gender & Society 16(3): 386 – 402.

*Wingfield, Adia Harvey.  2009.  “Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men’s Experiences with Women’s Work.”  Gender & Society 23(1): 5 – 26.

EXPERTS: PETER BENSEN, SPENCER ANTUNEZ

8 November                                   Superdads?

*Cooper, Marianne.  2000.  “Being the ‘Go-To Guy’: Fatherhood, Masculinities, and the Organization of Work in Silicon Valley.” Qualitative Sociology 23(4): 379 – 405.

*Edin, Kathryn and Timothy J. Nelson.  2013.  “Ward Cleaver” (pp. 103 – 129) and “Fight or Flight?” (pp. 155 – 178) in Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City.  Berkeley: University of California Press.

*Weber, Jennifer Beggs.  2012.  “Becoming Teen Fathers: Stories of Teen Pregnancy, Responsibility, and Masculinity.”  Gender & Society 26(6): 900 – 921.

EXPERTS: ISABEL THOMAS, MICHELLE VERAS, SADIE MORRIS

WEEK TWELVE                                RECOVERING MASCULINITIES, PART ONE

13 November                                   The Culture of Masculinities

*Barber, Kristen.  2016.  “Rock Glasses and Color Camo: Selling Beauty to Class-Privileged Men” (pp. 48 – 76) and “Heterosexual Aesthetic Labor” (pp. 76 – 103) in Styling Beauty: Gender, Class, and Inequality in the Men’s Grooming Industry.  New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

*Moisio, Risto and Mariam Beruchashvili.  2016.  “Mancaves and Masculinity.”  Journal of Consumer Culture 16(3): 656 – 676.

EXPERTS: AMANI HITE, AMIE SILLAH, RISA FOX, KATIE SERWER

15 November                                   Masculinities, Men’s Health, and the Politics of Aging

*Cragun Ryan T. and J.E. Sumerau.  2017.  “Losing Manhood Like a Man: A Collaborative Autoethnographic Examination of Masculinities and the Experience of a Vascetomy.”  Men and Masculinities 20(1): 98 – 116.

*Schwab, Joseph R., et al.  2016. “Silence and (In)visibility in Men’s Accounts of Coping With Stressful Life Events.”  Gender & Society 30(2): 289 – 311.

*Slevin, Kathleen.  2010.  “Old Gay Men’s Bodies and Masculinities.”  Men and Masculinities 12(4): 483 – 507.

EXPERTS: DIANA FURUKAWA, KATE RUSK-KOSA, HALEY MAURICE

WEEK THIRTEEN                              MASCULINITIES AND SPORTS 

20 November                                  Masculinities and Sports

*Anderson, Eric and Edward M. Kian.  2012.  “Examining Media Contestation of Masculinity and Head Trauma in the National Football League.”  Men and Masculinities 15(2): 152 – 173.

*“The Colin Kapernick Paradox” Packet

*Hirose, Akihiko and Pih, Kay Kei-ho. 2010.  “Men Who Strike and Men Who Submit: Hegemonic and Marginalized Masculinities in Mixed Martial Arts.”  Men and Masculinities 13(2): 190 – 209.

EXPERTS: RONMEL RUGAMA-MOTENEGRO, HARRISON DUNNE-POLITE, SYDNEY GUERRIER 

22 November                                  THANKSGIVING BREAK – NO CLASS

PART THREE                                  MASCULINITIES IN CRISIS?                                                                 

WEEK FOURTEEN                          CONSTRUCTING MASCULINITIES THROUGH VIOLENCE

27 November                                  Constructing and Recovering Masculinities through Violence

*Abelson, Miriam.  2014.  “Dangerous Privilege: Trans Men, Masculinities, and Changing Perceptions of Safety.”  Sociological Forum 29(3): 549 – 570.

*Carlson, Jennifer.  2015.  “Mourning Mayberry: Guns, Masculinity, and Socioeconomic Decline.”  Gender & Society 29(3): 386 – 409.

*Kimmel, Michael.  2011.  “Angry White Boys” (pp. 69 – 98) and “Targeting Women” (pp. 169 – 198), and “Mad Men: The Rage of the American Working Man” (pp. 199 – 226) in Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of An Era.  New York: Nation Books.

*McBee, Thomas.  2014.  “What I’ve learned About Being A Man, from Being Born Female: One Fateful Night Held At Gunpoint That Sparked a Transition into Manhood.” Esquire: September 24.

EXPERTS: AMANI HITE, RISA FOX, DAISY WISLAR, KATIE SERWER 

29 November                                Reclaiming “Failed” Masculinities as Victims

*Durfee, Alesha.  2011.  “‘I’m Not A Victim, She’s An Abuser: Masculinity, Victimization, and Protection Orders.”  Gender & Society 25(3): 316 – 334.

*McGuffey, C. Shawn.  2008.  “‘Saving Masculinity: Gender Reaffirmation, Sexuality, Race, and Parental Responses to Male Child Sexual Abuse.”  Social Problems 55(2): 216 – 237.

*Weiss, Karen G.  “Male Sexual Victimization: Examining Men’s Experiences of Rape and Sexual Assault.”  Men and Masculinities 12(3): 275 – 298.

EXPERTS: DAVID LEEN, KATE RUSK-KOSA, MICHELLE VERAS, 

WEEK FIFTEEN                                MASCULINITES UNDER THREAT?

4 December                                     Masculine Feminism (?)

*Bridges, Tristan S. 2010.  “Men Just Weren’t Made to Do This: Performances of Drag at ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ Marches.”  Gender & Society 24(1): 5 – 30.

*Katz, Jackson.  “Violence Against Women Is a Men’s Issue” (pp. 5 – 18) in The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. Naperville: Sourcebooks.

*Murphy, Michael J.  2009.  “Can ‘Men’ Stop Rape?: Visualizing gender in the ‘My Strength is Not for Hurting’ Rape Prevention Campaign.”  Men & Masculinities 12: 113 – 130.

*Pascoe, C.J. and Jocelyn Hollander.  2016.  “Good Guys Don’t Rape: Gender, Domination, and Mobilizing Rape.” Gender & Society 30(1); 67 – 79.

EXPERTS: HARRISON DUNNE-POLITE, IZZY GRAY

6 December                                     The Fight for Men’s Rights

Kimmel, Michael.  2017.  “White Men as Victims”: The Men’s Rights Movement (pp. 99 – 134), “Angry White Dads” (pp. 135 – 168) and “The White Wing” (pp. 227 – 278) in Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of An Era.  New York: Nation Books.

EXPERTS: NINA ALVARADO-SLIVERMAN, SYDNEY GUERRIER, SADIE MORRIS