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Women, Culture, and Society Class 11 Understanding Masculinity
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Organization 1. Introduce Author and Reading 2. Classical Social Theory 3. Masculinity as: History Power Relations Flight from the Feminine A Homosocial Enactment Homophobia 4. Homophobia as a Cause of Social Problems 5. Power Issues in Men’s Lives
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Introduce Author and Reading 1. Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity 2. Author: Michael S. Kimmel * Sociology Professor at State University of New York at Stony Brook * Editor of Men and Masculinities * Spokesperson of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism * Pursues a pro-feminist approach * Numerous books and articles on masculinity
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Classical Social Theory 1. Classical Social Theory as a Hidden Meditation of Manhood 2. Quotes four passages from classical texts Marx and Engels: description of bourgeoisie under capitalism Tocqueville: description of individuals in democratic societies Weber: description of fate of the Protestant work ethic under the rationalizing spirit of capitalism Freud: description of the arduous task of the autonomous ego in psychological development 3. All cases: authors describing men, a particular type of masculinity
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