Now, with President Trump as the role model, there’s no reason to think that his success will be interpreted as anything less than an invitation for the Monstrous Deplorables to act on their hatred.Read More The Trump Effect
HOW OBJECTIFYING DISCOURSE LEADS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT If the Locker Room Talk Scandal has done nothing else, it has put a spotlight on the way men talk when they don’t believe they are being heard and how what might be private words can translate into public actions. It’s also forced men, honest men at least, […]Read More On Locker Room Talk, Patriarchy and Grabbing Pussies
THE MOST POWERFUL ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN I’VE SEEN YETRead More Michelle Obama on The Republican Nominee’s Disdain for Women
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 […]Read More What is Beauty?
This post is about women’s bodies.Read More Our Socially Schizophrenic Relationship with Women’s Bodies
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 […]Read More Gender Does not Equal Sex
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 […]Read More This is MY Bathroom
“ANTI-ABORTION” IS ABOUT CONTROLLING FEMALE SEXUALITY It always has been, and remains, my thesis that the rampant Trumpaphobio among the right-wing establishment has little to do with the Donald’s actual policy positions. That is clearly not the case, as Trump is a stalwart defender of the corporatocracy. The problem that the corporate elite have with […]Read More Trump, Abortion and the Puritan Ethic
WHATEVER THAT MEANS How we talk about manhood and masculinity, its discursive formations, shapes how we think about ourselves as men and our relationships with those we love. It’s time for real men to look beyond how masculinity is shaped. Below is a video on 48 Things Men Hear in a Lifetime that are Bad […]Read More Are You a Real Man?
A FATHER’S ADVICE TO HIS GAY SON IN THE 1950’S Storycorps.org has some interesting and enlightening animated shorts covering the real issues of real people. When I saw this video I was blown away by the historical context. I had to post it as a featured voice.Read More Patrick Haggerty on Being Gay and not Sneaking