Foundational Texts: Weekly summaries of writing, film, art, and other cultural or scholarly outlets that will contribute to the mStud curriculum and reading list.
What’s In Your Wallet: A pictorial essay examining the contents of the wallet
Conversations with Men: 5 questions with men all over the city
Sacred Objects: An examination of objects dear to men – tools, iPhones, the riding mower, the corvette, the desire to name cars and possessions, truck nuts, guns, etc.
Every other Sunday (beginning 2/6):
Cultural Icons and Archetypes: Clint Eastwood, Hugh Hefner, Jesus Christ
Every other Sunday (beginning 2/13):
Men’s Products: Packaging and marketing reviews of razors, underwear, deodorant, etc.
Every other Monday (beginning 1/31):
Men in the Media: Who’s on the cover of this week’s/ month’s magazines? What do they represent about masculinity?
Examination of the Sub-species: the hipster, the metrosexual, the geek, the old man, etc..
Every other Monday (beginning 2/7):
Men and Power: Positive and negative uses in the hands of men
Every other Tuesday (beginning 2/1):
Evolution of Male Costume: Where we present and examine male dress from olden times to today’s modern-day hipster lumberjacks.
Every other Tuesday (beginning 2/8):
Transitions in the Male Life Cycle: puberty, mid-life crisis, andropause
Genesis of the Male Myth: childhood– where does the differentiation begin? Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Mars and Venus on a Date
Men and Sexuality: How Gay Culture moves into the mainstream. How sex lives of men change in light of AIDS. Policies that affect sexuality (DADT)
Every other Wednesday (beginning 2/2):
Women and Masculinity: Women and Men who Subvert the Binary (i.e Androgyny)
Every other Wednesday (beginning 2/9):
Omega Males: Never-never land for men, peter-pan complex, men who never want to leave guyland, the culture perpetuated by Judd Apatow, etc.
The International Male: Customs, policies, societal norms, expectations of men in other countries.
Every other Thursday (beginning 2/3):
Male Mythologies: Religious and mythological examinations of men – Adam’s Rib, Greek mythology, etc.
Stereotypes and Etymology of Terms: the language of Male-Hood
Every other Thursday (beginning 2/10):
Cinematic Portrayal of Men: Men in film, men on television
Every other Friday (beginning 2/4):
Men and Redemption: Charlie Sheen, Ben Roethlisberger, Mel Gibson -How men get forgiven in culture, or do they?
Every other Friday (beginning 2/11):
Boys Club Deconstructed: Ivy Leages, Golf, ESPN, Pitchfork, Men’s Bath Houses, No Girls Allowed Signs
The original and ideal goal of Feminism was equality and societal and individual understanding of both sexes, not only of women. Men and masculinity were cast to the sidelines as the movement gathered strength and cultural recognition. Gender Studies programs have for the last three decades tended to focus on unearthing and giving voice to female, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender narratives. The male was deemed the representative of the majority and the voice of privilege and power, therefore very little attention or scholarship was given to male identity and experience because it was rarely seen as a story of struggle or otherness. The glaring omission of male studies is an error we wish to address with mStud. Males are the last frontier; the next unknown; the unconsidered sect of humanity that drags behind them a heavy résumé of historical relevance and influence. mStud regards this résumé as a façade that has rarely been peeked under since it has been perceived and presented as truth as opposed to a performance and costume worn by this un-studied tribe.
The academic field of women’s studies has existed since the 1970s when the second wave of feminism took hold. By holding a feminist lens to political, historical and social issues, these fields are re-examined in an effort to create new societal norms. As the field evolved, less critical attention has been paid to how male identity has changed or adapted to it. This blog seeks to cast light and comment on the evolution of men since that second wave.
By evaluating pop culture, social behaviors, writing, and other academic endeavors geared toward men, we hope to craft the kind of study that will do for men of the 21st century what women’s studies has done over the past 40 years. If equality is truly the goal of a women’s studies movement, mStud is the counter-balance.