I am grateful that Front Porch Republic (“Place. Limits. Liberty.”) has published an essay of mine. This particular meditation shares an experience I had in graduate school with a class called “Men and Masculinity.” As you can imagine, I then do my best to broach relationships between men and women, essentially arguing that men are too often not taken seriously enough. I also dive into Men’s Rights Activists a little bit. Have you heard of that movement?
Anyway, here’s how the essay begins:
During the final semester of my graduate coursework for an MFA in creative writing, I enrolled in an elective course called Men and Masculinity. The course would be taught within the psychology department, and I was quite excited about it, as I thought it would be both personally interesting and helpful for some of the writing I was doing. On the front end, I imagined all kinds of intriguing readings and discussions examining what it is like to be a man in today’s world. Would we read, for example, Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson’s book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys? That was just one useful resource I had come across that had been written by PhD’s; there had to be others. Ahh, pipe dreams. Silly me for thinking there might be a course at a major university that would specifically take my sex and gender seriously.
For the whole essay, go here.