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Men's Studies Association: 16th Annual Meeting
2004 – San Francisco, CA
The Possibility of Men as Peacemakers: Overcoming Men's Fears
ABSTRACT - Only when men can let go of fear will there be a real basis for world peace and personal healing. This process of healing men's woundshas a political dimension. Once men embrace a new, healthy and profeminist worldview there will be a real possibility that men can become peacemakers. Among the many peacemaking projects of socially conscious men are the ending of homophobia, sexism, racism, nationalism and the creed of greed. Men's Studies plays an important role in this awakening.
Heteronormativity and the Politics of the Writing Subject: Embodying Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443), Medieval Japanese Playwright and Performer
ABSTRACT - The paper takes a look at the reasons for the systematic erasure of same-sex sexuality in the life and works of the mediveal Japanese playwright, literary theorist, and stage performer, Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443). While Zeami's youthful sexual affairs with the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and the former regent Nijo Yoshimoto are well-known, cultural historians have not explored what this work suggests for understanding his literary, theoretical, and cultural work. The main focus of the paper is on the political stakes in the social conditions of our own day that make this erasure possible, and what general conclusions may be drawn regarding masculinity, sexuality, and our own embodied erformances.
Unraveling the Gender Knot: Tools for Social Change
ABSTRACT - You will learn about a new course of seven two-hour sessions for adult and teenage women and men. Course materials will be shown, and brochures distributed. Course participants learn that: We are not responsible for our inherited patriarchal system; we participate in it. Paths of least resistance are easy to take and hard to recognize. We can change our attitudes and behaviors, and can influence others.
The Paradox of Fatherhood Work: Exploring the Challenges of Dads Who Work With Dads
ABSTRACT - Fatherhood work encompasses a wide range of programs and services aimed at supporting and assisting fathers to be actively and responsibly involved in the lives of their children. Professionals who serve in fatherhood jobs have unique knowledge, skills, experience and expertise about the role of fathers, their needs, and the many challenges faced by dads today. Conventional wisdom suggests that men are often best able to fill positions working with fathers; indeed, a desire for more men to enter the field of early childhood education and fatherhood work has been expressed widely. And as more programs exist, and more men enter into work with fathers, more and more of these professionals are themselves fathers, thus creating a paradox with several unique challenges for these dads working with dads. Using survey results from a pilot study of fathers who do fatherhood work, this session explores the following hypotheses regarding the paradox of fatherhood work and specific challenges, including:
Loving Men in a Patriarchal Culture to Obtain Change
ABSTRACT - Do men have the will to change? Men are more likely to change if they are loved as men with all their faults and inculcated patriarchal values, which are often unconsciously instilled, by mothers and fathers, extended family, school, community, work, and the media. It is posited that loving men, as opposed to shaming men, is the first step in assisting men, working with men, in transforming men into a more feminist, pro-feminist, holistically healthy life style and relationships.