The scene is a Monday morning. In relation to the Ph. D. Course: Masculinities – Discourses and Practices Ph.D.-student Jeppe Lyng sits with Professor Michael Kimmel employed at State University of New York, Stony Brook in one of FREIA’s offices at Aalborg University in Denmark. Both have a busy day a head of them but as always Michael takes his time to address the masculinity debate he eagerly has participated in the last 25 years. He is National Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) in the US, and books such as Men’s Lives (1989), Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996) and The Gendered Society (2003) have put Michael on the global map of masculinity research. He is the editor of the magazine Men and Masculinities and in recent years has especially worked on neo-Nazi, white supremacist masculinities in Scandinavia and in the US.
The talk takes its beginning from the contemporary debate on the state of masculinity theory. It touches on masculinity theory’s connection to and dependence on feminist theory and debates how different pathways are illuminated in the contemporary theorizing on men. In this process subjects like pornography, neo-Nazi white supremacists and gendered political positions are debated. Read more