Masculinity Without Denigrating Women, Ctd

Several readers attest to blurred lines between traditional gender norms. A straight dude: Alyssa Rosenberg asked, “How much does masculine culture depend on women and femininity as a reference point?” My response: well, what do you mean be “femininity”?  Traditional patriarchal notions about femininity (confined to the domestic sphere, trapped sexually in the Virgin/Whore dynamic, passive, smells … Continue reading Masculinity Without Denigrating Women, Ctd

Masculinity Without Denigrating Women, Ctd

A reader writes: The first thing that strikes me about the Alyssa Rosenberg quote is its breathtaking self-centeredness: “How much does masculine culture depend on women and femininity as a reference point?” This reminds me of the conversation that every straight guy has had with their female significant other. I call it the “You don’t … Continue reading Masculinity Without Denigrating Women, Ctd

Masculinity Without Denigrating Women

Alyssa Rosenberg, addressing a recent post of mine, sharpens a point in our current debate: How much does masculine culture depend on women and femininity as a reference point? To what extent does asserting what it means to be a man necessitate pointing out and denigrating what men are not and what masculinity is not supposed … Continue reading Masculinity Without Denigrating Women