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Masculinities - by R. W. Connell

The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior - by Rose Weitz

They're sometimes used in college gender studies intro courses. I'm thinking of buying them to read over break, but I'm just curious if anyone else knows the books/authors, and if so, what they think?

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I've read bits and pieces of Masculinities, but not the other.

It's decent, but it's very dense, and if you're just starting with exploring Gender Studies, since you're not bound to an approved text, you might explore a little more.

bell hooks' The Will to Change : Men, Masculinity, and Love or Judith Butler's Undoing Gender are a couple suggestions in this area I'd make.

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Thanks. I'll check out those too. I decided to be a lot smarter by ordering books via interlibrary loan too, instead of buying. I can keep books up to 3 months that way.

I know Masculinities seems kind of dense, but I like stuff with a lot of good evidence, you know? (Relatively speaking, since I haven't actually read that book yet.) I'm kind of used to reading dense stuff, but like I said I'll definitely check out the others too.

I /am/ new to Gender Studies technically, but certain members of my family talk about gender stuff all the time so I've been conscious of certain competing theories since I was young, and I did take an intermediate History course in Women's Studies this semester.

I also feel pretty strongly that when I'm talking to other people like my cousin (male) it would be useful to have read stuff both written from a male point of view and with a lot of evidence.

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It can be.

But I think it's also worth recognizing that for some people -- especially people whose whole personal identity pivots on what they think about gender, or is solely or primarily based on their sex and gender -- you may just have to accept sometimes that you and they think differently.

By no means should that stop you from investigating these issues: I think everyone really needs to, especially in a culture whioch makes sex and gender the very first and primary classification of people. But sometimes, bashing your head against a wall with someone unwilling to explore those ideas because they have an identity which is VERY invested in them being a certain way just ends up being nonproductive in my experience.

(Have we seen you yet over at the AGA, iheartdc? Per issues like this, I think you'd find it to be a good forum for gender discussions, as well as discussion about bringing broader ideas about sex and gender to more limited tables.)

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nope, I haven't checked out the AGA. I will probably do that (/after/ my finals are over!).
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