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hegemonic masculinities

March 14, 2012

“hegemonic masculinities can be constructed that do not correspond closely to the lives of any actual men. Yet these models do, in various ways, express widespread ideals, fantasies, and desires. They provide models of relations with women and solutions to problems of gender relations. Furthermore, they articulate loosely with the practical constitution of masculinities as ways of living in everyday local circumstances. To the extent they do this, they contribute to hegemony in the society-wide gender order as a whole.”[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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