Archive for the ‘Reading’ category

Reading; a young man thinking about gender roles.

September 30, 2010

I came across this guest post on Something More Than Sides (written by the bloggers younger brother). It’s great to see young men engaging with their own masculine identities consciously and recognising gender oppression early on. Yay for young people pushing back against the so common ‘yoof’ stereotypes.

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Reading; Circumcision and the “New Macho”

September 21, 2010

Just a few quick links I’ve come across that i thought I’d share,

Firstly, an Australian article on some in the medical community suggesting a renewed focus on circumcising as a harm reduction strategy around HIV. The developments around the circumcision/HIV issue are fascinating, and the very passionate debates more so, like all debates that involve gender based bodily intervention.

Secondly, this is a long and quite general article that is repeated a bit, about how masculinity needs to change, to reimagine itself in light of the ‘modern world’  – usign macro trends and big demographic indicators. This time the new (improved) model of masculinity is called the New Macho and I think it’s part of that continual analysis that pits popular social theories against each other.  It’s good to see this sort of story, but it’s not really breaking any new ground.