Monday, August 17, 2015

Michael Kimmel and the Growth of Masculinites Studies Programs

The New York Times recently published an article “A Master’s Degree in . . . Masculinity?”, which examined the growth of university masculinities studies programs, and profiled the professor at its vanguard, Michael Kimmel. Kimmel is the author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, and the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, which will soon start the first master’s degree program in “masculinities studies.”
Not to be confused with “male studies” (whose proponents largely think Kimmel is too “anti-men” for their taste), masculinities studies looks at the ways in which our culture has created a crisis of masculinity—with devastating effects including mental illness, suicide, terrorism, rape, mass shootings, and police brutality. Dr. Kimmel’s ultimate goal, as he puts it, is “engaging men and boys for gender equality.”
To read the rest of the New York Times article, please click here.
And to check out Guyland, which has been used in courses and common read programs across the country, please click here. 

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