#MeToo, Male Privilege and the Introspective Man

...women all over the country, quite possibly outraged by the ascension of the Groper in Chief to the highest office in the country, are coming forward with their stories. Taking down Harvey Weinstein seems to be the catalyst for a national, cultural lesson in patriarchy and male privilege. 

What is Beauty?

HOW TO EMBRACE PERSONAL BEAUTY AND REJECT COMMODIFICATION When I teach my class on body image and the media I break up the lecture by asking, "what is beauty?" At first, this question seems to be a common sense notion. After all, everyone knows what beauty is. It's... Well, it's...you know... Sociologists are forever at... Continue Reading →

Gender Does not Equal Sex

WHAT IS BEING REVEALED BY THE DEBATE ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS It's easy to get distracted by the Great Transgender Bathroom debate. However, it's important to understand that the legislation in question goes far beyond public restroom and locker room policy. The North Carolina state law, HB2 not only nullifies Charlotte's ordinance protecting transgender people using... Continue Reading →

This is MY Bathroom

AND I'M TAKING A STAND! One of the most sociologically interesting characters created by the Saturday Night Live team is the androgynous Pat. This character is totally bereft fo gendered characteristics, either physically or socially. It is, therefore, impossible to categorize Pat as being a man, or a woman. This causes a great deal of tension for... Continue Reading →

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