Monthly Archives: March 2012

Manly Scrapbooking

Somehow the hobby of scrapbooking didn’t occur to me as a prime place to examine social constructions of masculinity. I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon this topic, but it makes sense — it’s a traditionally female-dominated practice (largely … Continue reading

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The “boy box” and drug abuse

Man Love, a photo by Gerard on Flickr. Yesterday I wrote about the first of two articles from the Fall 2002 Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Men and Masculinity (Division 51 of the American Psychological Association). It … Continue reading

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Taming the Drunken Monkey

Two fascinating articles in the Fall 2002 newsletter of the Society for the Study of Men and Masculinity (Division 51 of the American Psychological Association). The first, “Mindfulness as a Useful Adjunct in Therapeutic Work with Men,” by C. Peter … Continue reading

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Wonder Folks

Photo from outside the DC Comic booth at Wondercon in Anaheim, CA last week. There is a lot of gender crossing in science fiction costuming — sometimes for humor, but not always. One man told me he’s happy to wear … Continue reading

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Disney Prince Redux

If the prince is seen as a hero — noble, wealthy, good at fighting, interested in girls — aren’t these the traits our dominant society idealizes for boys? Why, then, are boys not encouraged to emulate the prince role in … Continue reading

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Where are the prince boys?

Maria Rodale, chairman and CEO of Rodale Publishing, recently asked in her blog, “Where are all the Disney princes?” She points out that while Disney has “capitalized on and profited from the innate desire of most young girls to be … Continue reading

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