The folklore of masculinity

I’m at the American Folklore Society’s annual meeting in Nashville right now, and excited to get to two of this afternoon’s panels — Feminist Approaches to Masculinity and Masculinity and Hypermasculinity, Framed and Performed.

I’m glad to see that there’s a growing movement to study masculinity in the academy and that folklorists are getting interested. The second panel in particular acknowledges masculinity as “a fragile social construction rooted in biology but shaped by culture” and requiring constant performance in the face of constant testing. Yep.

Now let’s have more attention to how we contribute to these constructions when men are still boys (that’s where my conference presentation comes in)!

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