Men's Studies

Men's Studies Association: 16th Annual Meeting

The Possibility of Men as Peacemakers:  Overcoming Men's Fears

Mike Whitty, Ph.D., University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

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.

Men's Studies Association: 15th Annual Meeting

Are Men’s Support Groups Repackaged Patriarchy?

Edward Barton, Michigan State University    

ABSTRACT - One of the criticisms of Robert Bly and the mythopoetic branch of the contemporar men’s movement is that they are not pro-feminist and that, in fact, they are anti-feminist. This paper will present a review of the literature of men’s support groups from a mythopoetic perspective, social support perspective, and self-help group perspective, which will be informed by data from structured interviews of men in two different types of mythopoetic peer mutual support groups.

Seeking Masculinities in the Middle East: An Anthropology of Power and Absence

Don Conway-Long, Ph.D., Webster University, St.

Men's Studies Association: 14th Annual Meeting

Men Have a Long Way to Go…: The Crisis of Masculinity According to the Profeminist, Men’s Rights, and Mythopoetic Men’s Movements

John Fox, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

ABSTRACT -Many scholars claim that there is a contemporary crisis of masculinity, in which men are confused as to what it means to be “real men.” In response to economic, geographical, political, and familial changes and feminism, men’s movements have emerged in the form of: an  antifeminist backlash, represented by the men’s rights wing; a promale response, shown by the mythopoetic men’s movement; and a profeminst response represented by the profeminist men’s movement.

Men's Studies Association: 13th Annual Meeting

Gay Stepfathers: Self-Perception of Their Role

Lisa Current, Colorado State University and Jerry Bigner, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

ABSTRACT - The purpose of this phenomenological study is to explore the roles that gay stepfathers play in their families; how they define and developed these roles and what has influenced them in this process.  There are around 869,000 gay male stepparents in the U.S.

Men's Studies Association: 12th Annual Meeting

Spreading the Word: Teaching Men's Studies  Beyond the Classroom

Christopher Kilmartin, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA

ABSTRACT -This workshop will focus on strategies for reaching the male campus population in places other than the classroom. The presenter has participated in several such efforts, including:
1. Gender-aware programming on fully respectful relationships for the general population of males as well as for specific populations of athletes, fraternity members, and military school cadets.  These programs address sexual assault and sexual harassment, but also aspirational standards for relationships and the benefits that men accrue by striving for such standards.


Men's Studies Association: 11th Annual Meeting

Men Who Choose to Teach: A Study of Seven Stories

Michael Pecanic, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

Men's Studies Association: 10th Annual Meeting

Studying Men & Masculinity within a Women’s & Gender Studies Curriculum

John Landreau, Catherine Howey, Katherine D’Amora, Patricia DiTillio & Dan Datz, The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

Deviant Gender Labels and the Reproduction of Gender Hierarchies

Rhonda Singer, Smith College, Smith College, Amherst, MA

Fatherhood and the Limits of Public Policy: What does Welfare Teach?

Jesse Crosson, New Jersey College of Medicine & Dentistry, Newark, NJ

Un/reel Men: The Construction of Hegemonic Masculinity in Film

Klaus Reiser, University of California at Los Angeles

Interrogating Identity: Exploring Differences with Profeminst Men

Jennifer Nelson & Kevin Davison, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gay Men/Straight Men: The Reign of Silence

Jeffery P.

Men's Studies Association: 8th Annual Meeting

Childhood Sexual Abuse in Men: The Long-term Effects on Adult Object Realations & Sexuality

Peggy Thompson, Pvt. Practice, N.Y.C.

My Life as a Mother

Ethan Golgor, Independent Scholar, N.Y.C.

Paternal Nurturance as a Function of the Current Relationship Between Adult-Son and Father

Kostas Katsavdakis, a.b.d., Calif. School of  Professional Psychology, San Diego

What Really Happens in School?

Kevin Davison, M.A.

History of the Men's Studies Association

The Men's Studies Association (MSA) was founded in 1982.

This interdisciplinary division of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) serves to link together a diverse group of scholars, students, teachers, practitioners, and others who study issues of men and masculinity. Our goal is to make significant contributions to the field of Men's Studies through a feminist-informed perspective.

The Men's Studies Association

The Men's Studies Association is an association of scholars with an interest in the interdisciplinary field of men's studies. Our membership includes some of the pioneers of this field (e.g., Robert Brannon, Michael Kimmel, Joseph Pleck) as well as many graduate students and early mid-career scholars. Our refereed scholarly journal was orginally titled "Masculinities" and was published first by us and later by Guilford Press.

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