PROJECT FEMINIST
MASCULINITY
Goal
For this project, I wanted to start a discussion
about masculinity, patriarchal manhood and
what it is doing to our b...
What is a real man?
To answer this question, most of us
cannot escape those static, rigidly
formed definitions of masculin...
Do we actually define
masculinity in that way?

 Sadly, yes.

STRONG

Independent
Emotionless

Protector
Bread-winner

To...
Crisis Facing Men:
PATRIARCHY
 In The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and
Love, bell hooks claims that the crisis facing...
How is masculinity
presented to us?
What the Current Notion does
to our Men
 In this sense, our current notion of patriarchal masculinity makes

our men emot...
Men as sex-crazed:
“gotta have it”
 If men aren't angry and violent, then they are portrayed as

men obsessed with sex an...
STATISTICS ON MALE VIOLENCE
 According to a 2011 study compiled by the

U.S. Dept of Justice, 90% of homicides are
commit...
Violence=Patriarchy’s
Boyhood Socialization
 Terrence Real calls violence "boyhood socialization"

and argues that the wa...
Patriarchy is violently
killing our men
 Everyday in the U.S., men are more and more violent

(physically and sexually). ...
STATISTICS OF MALE VICTIMS
 STILL, males are 3 times more likely to be
murder victims than their female counterparts
 1 ...
And yet, they are men too.
But, these stories are
hardly ever told or seen…
Prison Rape Stories:
http://spr.igc.org/en/sur...
DOUBLE STANDARD FEMALE ON
MALE RAPE








In Wedding Crashers, Isla Fisher’s character literally ties him up while h...
Men are still men,
even if victimized
 We should be telling men and helping them

understand why 1 in 6 males are sexuall...
New Man CANNOT = Wimp
 I grew up in a physically and sexually violent household, one in

which emotional terrorism was su...
In his essay “Healing from Manhood,” John
Stoltenberg says that “loving justice more than
manhood, is not only a worthy pu...
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  1. 1. PROJECT FEMINIST MASCULINITY
  2. 2. Goal For this project, I wanted to start a discussion about masculinity, patriarchal manhood and what it is doing to our boys and men. Furthermore, I would like for this presentation to be a call for change and action from both men and women regarding this very rigidly and statically defined, patriarchal notion of masculinity. With that in mind…
  3. 3. What is a real man? To answer this question, most of us cannot escape those static, rigidly formed definitions of masculinity dictated by imperialist white capitalist patriarchy. Thus, this is what our answers mostly look like: Tony Porter’s Man Box
  4. 4. Do we actually define masculinity in that way?  Sadly, yes. STRONG Independent Emotionless Protector Bread-winner Tough Responsible  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFygGJ- tzUk&feature=youtu.be
  5. 5. Crisis Facing Men: PATRIARCHY  In The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and Love, bell hooks claims that the crisis facing men is "the crisis of patriarchal masculinity" and that it is both men and women who "participate in this tortured value system (31, 33).  She goes on to argue that "patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation...yet, most men never think about patriarchy-what it means, how it is created and sustained...there is no mass concern for the plight of men" (hooks, 17, 30).
  6. 6. How is masculinity presented to us?
  7. 7. What the Current Notion does to our Men  In this sense, our current notion of patriarchal masculinity makes our men emotionless, violent dominators in a constant power struggle. Not adhering to these very static definitions of manhood would be shameful and embarrassing for men since other patriarchal men and women would quickly enact rituals of power that would make him get back in line. hooks tells us that "men simply do not get that love and abuse cannot go together" and then questions "why should they" since everywhere in our media and our popular culture, the message is the same, where there is intense passion, violence is almost inevitable (67).  In our top 20 movies of 2013, 14 had a singular male protagonist and most of those protagonists were men going on journeys that involved going to war, fighting a battle and appearing heroic by fighting alone and away from home.
  8. 8. Men as sex-crazed: “gotta have it”  If men aren't angry and violent, then they are portrayed as men obsessed with sex and constantly on the prowl for the sexual object that is woman. See Robin Thicke's music video, Blurred Lines. OR any advertisement, billboard, tv show, etc.  There is this perception prevalent in patriarchal culture that men NEED to have sex extremely frequently. If he doesn’t, he will be led to sexual violence and misconduct.  In our media and our society, the notion that 'he's gotta have it' is so prevalent that we truly believe as hooks points out that "a man deprived of sexual access will ultimately be sexual with anybody" or he will "act out...go crazy" (78).  In patriarchal culture, sex is merely a way of reinforcing the patriarchal male dominator model and in doing so reaffirming male selfhood.
  9. 9. STATISTICS ON MALE VIOLENCE  According to a 2011 study compiled by the U.S. Dept of Justice, 90% of homicides are committed by men.  91% of gun-related violence was also committed by men  95% of domestic violence is committed by men  90% of childhood sexual abuse is committed by men
  10. 10. Violence=Patriarchy’s Boyhood Socialization  Terrence Real calls violence "boyhood socialization" and argues that the way we turn boys into men is through injury, by pulling them "away from their own expressiveness" (60). He goes on to argue that it is disconnection which defines masculinity.  bell hooks argues this point further, stating that the "first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence towards women. Instead, patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves" (66).
  11. 11. Patriarchy is violently killing our men  Everyday in the U.S., men are more and more violent (physically and sexually). They are the violent abusers of themselves and others. According to nomas.org, 90% of violent physical assault is by men. They are too often also the killers of themselves and others: Over 85% of people who commit murder are men. Patriarchy has not yet satisfied, has not left them feeling whole and they've taken to committing suicide in record numbers or otherwise perpetuating and inflicting the pain they cannot express on those deemed weaker.  And still, given our society's patriarchal definition of manhood, violence is equated with a natural will specific to men on the basis that there is a "biological connection between having a penis and the will to do violence" (55).
  12. 12. STATISTICS OF MALE VICTIMS  STILL, males are 3 times more likely to be murder victims than their female counterparts  1 in 33 American men will have experienced sexual abuse and/or rape within their lifetime  1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 16  Over 70% of men who are sexually abused do not report telling anyone at the time it happened.  On average, men wait 22 years to tell anyone else about the abuse (10 years longer than women)
  13. 13. And yet, they are men too. But, these stories are hardly ever told or seen… Prison Rape Stories: http://spr.igc.org/en/survivorstories/m ain.html Even Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower (a victim of sexual abuse) is a rarity. It should be noted that he deals with his problems by being overtly violent to himself and others.
  14. 14. DOUBLE STANDARD FEMALE ON MALE RAPE     In Wedding Crashers, Isla Fisher’s character literally ties him up while he's asleep and when he wakes up tapes his mouth shut to stop his protests, and the next day he calls it a "midnight rape". Yet he falls in love with her and marries her by the end of the movie, and this is a comedy. They would never, never dare film this with the genders reversed. In 40 Days and 40 Nights the protagonist vows not to have sex or masturbate during Lent. During said period, he meets and falls in love with a girl. Just to be sure, he spends the last night of Lent chained to his bed, falls asleep In the Jim Carrey film Yes-Man, the protagonist promises to say yes to everything. He is propositioned by an old woman who lives in his building, and when he tries to say no, he is punished. Think for a second about how this would be treated if the protagonist was a woman. Almost Famous has a scene where a flock of 18-to-20-year-old girls have sex with a 15-year-old boy, shouting "deflower the kid!" Consider how that would be treated if the genders were reversed. –tvtropes.org
  15. 15. Men are still men, even if victimized  We should be telling men and helping them understand why 1 in 6 males are sexually abused before the age of 16.  We should be telling them that over 70% of males don't report abuse at the time it occurs and that they should not be ashamed to.  Instead of calling Ed (who told his story in Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse) gay for being forced to give his older brother blow jobs at the age of 10, we should be encouraging more men like Ed to come forward with their stories and do away with this notion that men aren't men if they are victimized.
  16. 16. New Man CANNOT = Wimp  I grew up in a physically and sexually violent household, one in which emotional terrorism was such a constant that when I finally became an adult and didn't experience it on a daily basis from my partner, I rejected him. He was not "man enough" for me. He was too emotional and sensitive for me and that is exactly what I told my patriarchal female friends who quickly understood my dilemma and agreed that it was for the best.  What were the qualities deemed "not man enough"? Too emotional? Empathy? A desire to talk problems out rather than subject the other person to emotional terrorism, physical abuse and worse.  bell hooks explains this beautifully: "Once the 'new man' that is the man changed by feminism was represented as a wimp...dominated by powerful females who were secretly longing for his macho counterpart, masses of men lost interest" (112). WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DO THIS!!
  17. 17. In his essay “Healing from Manhood,” John Stoltenberg says that “loving justice more than manhood, is not only a worthy pursuit, it is the future” I hope this will be a call for change. A call for Feminist Manhood over Patriarchal Masculinity. A call for a definition of man that does not abuse, hurt and kill men, women, children and themselves.

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