Blog Post #3
Based on your readings this week about intersectionality and masculinities, define these concepts briefly and discuss how they are useful in media and communication studies.
Write 250 words maximum, excluding reference list in APA format. Graded in/complete.
According to the author Davis, K. in the article “Intersectionality as buzzword”, Intersectionality is the interaction between gender, race, and other categories of difference in individual lives, social practices, institutional arrangements, and cultural ideologies and the outcomes of these interactions in terms of power. It is the concept of examining intersecting forms of discrimination and acknowledging that social systems are complicated and that many forms of oppression like racism, sexism, and ageism might be present and active at the same time in a person’s life. Intersectionality initiates a process of discovery, alerting us to the fact that the world around us is always more complicated and contradictory than we ever could have anticipated. It compels us to grapple with this complexity in our scholarship. This idea complements the second reading, where the authors tackle the idea hegemonic masculinity. Hegemony works in part through the production of exemplars of masculinity that have authority despite the fact that most men and boys do not fully live up to them and it recognizes that multiple masculinities vary across time, culture and the individual. The idea of hegemonic masculinity can also be seen evident in third reading, where the article examines incidents of politically motivated sexual violence against men in protest spaces at a distinct juncture in Egypt’s history, after the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak. It also examines how the omission of men’s experiences of sexual assault reflects deeply embedded gendered constructs of women’s and men’s roles and agency in sexual violence.
- Davis, K. (n.d.). Intersectionality as buzzword: A sociology of science perspective on what makes a feminist theory successful — Kathy Davis, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1464700108086364
- R. W. Connell, J. (1970, June 01). Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the concept — R. W. Connell, James W. Messerschmidt, 2005. Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0891243205278639?journalCode=gasa
- Tadros, M. (2016, November 01). Challenging reified MasculinitiesMen as survivors of politically Motivated sexual assault in Egypt. Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-abstract/12/3/323/42903/Challenging-Reified-MasculinitiesMen-as-Survivors