Theorizing Masculinities – Nancy Dowd, Michael Kimmel, Fionnuala Ni Aolain

In order to understand feminism, one must first look at the hegemonic masculinity that defines our culture. Looking at masculinity theory lets us see how femininity works in relation to it. And while feminist theory is often studied, little attention is given to the studies of the masculine ideals that dominate our culture.

The three panelists in this video discuss masculinity theory, as well as new research, papers and books they have recently worked finished. Nancy Dowd discusses masculinity theory in general, Michael Kimmel discusses research he has recently done on white supremacists and Fionnuala Ni Aolain speaks on demobilization and reintegration of soldiers.

This panel was given as part of the Masculinity and the Law Workshop, sponsored by The Feminism and Legal Theory Project of Emory University School of Law. The presenters are Nancy Dowd, Michael Kimmel and Fionnuala NiAolain.

Nancy Dowd is a Professor of Law and the David H. Levin Chair in Family Law at UF Levin College of Law. In addition, she is the Director of the Center on Children and Families. She teaches constitutional law, family law, feminist jurisprudence and employment discrimination.

Michael Kimmel has spent much of his professional life devoted to the study of masculinity. He is a sociologist and author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men and Manhood in America. He is also a Professor of Sociology at State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Fionnuala Ni Aolain is the Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and a Professor of Law at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her focus is on international law, human rights law, national security law, and feminist legal theory. Her book, Law in Times of Crisis, has won numerous awards.

Location: Emory University
Speakers: Nancy Dowd, Michael Kimmel, Fionnuala Ni Aolain

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