Masculinity as Homophobia
February 29, 2012 § 4 Comments
I appreciated that this reading was assigned for our course. I think sometimes when talking about feminism(s) we can forget the ways in which men are subject to hierarchical structures as well. Michael Kimmel puts it well when he writes that “men’s feelings are not the feelings of the powerful, but of those who see themselves as powerless…feelings that come inevitably from the discontinuity between the social and the psychological, between the aggregate analysis that reveals how men are in power as a group and the psychological fact that they do not feel powerful as individuals.”
His point about the influence of perceived social humiliation struck a chord with me. I think this rings true with women as well, but is a larger fear for men. Kimmel mentions depression caused by threatened masculinity, but I think we should also be paying attention to anger. Perhaps more than we think, anger can be explained by perceived humiliation and threatened masculinity.
What do the ladies and men think?