Posted by EZ
Rebecca Walker is one of our favorite feminist thinkers and questioners. Reading her blog I came across an interview with The New York Times in which Rebecca comments on her book, What Makes a Man (2004). She says, “For the last 50 years, women have been intensely re-envisioning femininity and what it means to be a woman. I think that same scrutiny should be applied to men…” and, “I think it’s a cop-out to say that boys are biologically determined to be aggressors. Playing sports should not be the mandatory requirement for masculinity…”
I think this interview is an interesting response to my previous post, “Is a book on feminism all it takes?”
Question: What is my role in gender construction, deconstruction, and re-construction; in gender oppression, suppression; gender expectation; gender assumption; gender-based violence; gender liberation?
What do you think?
Usually, I can only find more questions to these questions. I often end up questioning why these questions even matter; why is this important? And, when these questions are engaged in conversation–when a community collectively questions gender–answers to “why does this even matter?” reveal themselves. I can confidently say that I always leave dialogues about gender reminded as to why they are important. Can we question together?
I have not yet read What Makes a Man, so I cannot yet comment on the book’s content. I offer Rebecca’s words as a platform for discussion. I can initially say that I am skeptical of the title…Is it implying that “what makes a man” can actually be defined, classified? Why is this attempt potentially harmful? My thoughts crawl into underground dens and shoot fireworks into cloudy night skies…
Read the interview and let’s talk!
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