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Critiques of the concept of masculinity

March 13, 2012

“Critiques of the concept of masculinity make better sense when they point to a tendency, in research as well as in popular literature, to dichotomize the experiences of men and women. As Brod (1994) accurately observes, there is a tendency in the men’s studies field to presume “separate spheres,” to proceed as if women were not a relevant part of the analysis, and therefore to analyze masculinities by looking only at men and relations among men. As Brod also argues, this is not inevitable. The cure lies in taking a consistently relational approach to gender—not in abandoning the concepts of gender or masculinity.”[1]


[1]837 R. W. Connell and James W. Messerschmidt (2005) ‘Hegemonic masculinity: rethinking the concept’ Gender & Society 19(6)December: 829-859

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