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Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York. He is also the executive director at the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. An author or editor of more than twenty books, including Manhood in America, The Gendered Society, The History of Men, and Guyland, he lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Gender Equality Isn't Just for Women

(9) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Jenny Willott MP is Minister for Women and Equalities and Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York. They spoke last week at a roundtable that looks at men's role in bringing about gender equality

If there is one thing...

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Remember Maren Sanchez By Asking the Right Questions

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 6:23 PM

Co-authored with Phoebe Schreiner

This past week, a community grieved the murder of Maren Sanchez, and the media continued its familiar process of determining "what went wrong." Was the suspect, Chris Plaskon, mentally ill, or driven by meds gone awry? Are schools unsafe? Did she reject him for prom?

These...

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How 'Free to Be' Heralded the Most Successful Revolution of Our -- or Any -- Era

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 6:08 PM

In a recent opinion piece in Time magazine, conservative writer Christina Hoff Sommers celebrates the failure of "misguided" feminism efforts to change American society into a gender-free land of androgynous neo-hippies, populated by gender-neutered female firefighters and male nurses. She takes particular glee at lambasting the failure of...

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The 'Gay Moment' in Pro Sports

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:13 PM

When Jason Collins entered the Nets game on March 4, with 2:41 left on the clock, in a game whose outcome was no longer in doubt, he became the first openly gay player to play in a home game in any of the major professional sports. What's notable, of course,...

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How Can We Help Women? By Helping Men

(107) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 5:07 PM

In her thoughtful op-ed in the New York Times, family historian Stephanie Coontz answered the question "How can we help men?" with a ringing endorsement of gender equality: "By helping women," she answered.

I'd like to suggest the converse is equally true. How can we help women?...

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America's Angry White Men

(1327) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 8:52 AM

Remember Howard Beale? Played by Peter Finch in the movie Network (1976), the deranged former TV news anchor Beale tries to generate a social movement by admonishing viewers with a simple sentiment: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Three decades later, there are still...

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Jason Collins Comes Out: More 'Yeah, So What' Than 'OMG'

(5) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 6:07 PM

The big story in sports this week is not that Jason Collins became the first currently-active professional male athlete in a major team sport to come out as gay. The big story is actually that it's not really such a big story.

First, look at all the qualifiers in...

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Solving the 'Boy Crisis' in Schools

(52) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 12:50 PM

This past week, the National Council of Teachers of English announced the winners of this year's Promising Young Writers competition. Out of hundreds of entries, 51 8th graders from a dozen states received awards. My son, Zachary, an 8th grader at Poly Prep, in Brooklyn, was one of...

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Do Boys Face More Sexism Than Girls?

(421) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 2:58 PM

When it comes to education, are boys the new girls? Are they facing more discrimination than their female peers, just because they are sexually different? According to recent studies, boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get...

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Suicide-by-Mass-Murder

(54) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 6:00 AM

If your only sources were Facebook and Fox, tabloids and TV, you'd likely think that guns, mental illness, and violent media were the only things worth talking about to explain the horrific massacre at Sandy Creek Elementary School. Of course, any rational approach to this problem would indicate that these...

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Rape and Women's Voice

(38) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 12:35 PM

You have to pinch yourself sometimes to remind yourself that it's 2012 and we still don't know how to talk about rape in this country. Who would have thought that after half a century of feminist activism -- and millennia of trying to understand the horrifying personal trauma of rape...

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Can Michele Bachmann Save Me?

(21) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 12:08 PM

To hear the right wing tell it, gays and lesbians have taken over. They push their political "agenda" -- "forcing" children to learn about it in schools, "forcing" states to sanctify their relationships as legitimate marriages, and "forcing" heterosexuals to see them flaunt their "gay lifestyle" by publicly acting... well,...

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Florida Anti-Immigration Bill Is Really an Insidious Communist Plot (Satire)

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 7:28 AM

Liberal observers in Florida are no doubt howling in protest at the new anti-immigration bill being proposed by state legislator William Snyder. It's true, on the surface, it does appear to be blatantly racist, targeting would-be immigrants from some countries, and not others, and excluding from its reach residents of...

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Men -- and Women -- at Yale

(23) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 6:24 PM

Nearly thirty years ago, in a column in the New York Times Magazine, conservative firebrand William F. Buckley waxed nostalgic about his college days at Yale. He imagined a young Yalie today, at the now-coed, gender integrated, university, longing for "the fraternity that wouldn't end:"

Someday, damn it, we'll...
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Lacrosse and the Entitled Elite Male Athlete

(24) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 1:29 PM

There's no shortage of explanations for the tragic death of Yeardley Love, University of Virgina lacrosse player at the hands of George Huguely, a player on the men's lacrosse team, with whom she had recently broken off a dating relationship. It's human, after all, to search for some reason in...

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Flying Fat

(15) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 12:54 PM

The recent controversy between Kevin Smith and Southwest Airlines has spurred a flurry of commentaries -- some thoughtful and others merely outraged. To recap: Kevin Smith, famous Hollywood director (he directed Clerks and Chasing Amy) is a very large man, and he was thrown off a Southwest flight...

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Vatican Rock

(9) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 3:55 PM

A new dispatch from the "everybody's a critic" department. The Vatican has released its list of the Top 10 Rock Albums of All Time.

According to the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano wrote in an editorial yesterday (Sunday): "A little handbook of musical resistance could be useful during...

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Meet the Lamberts: Elizabeth and Adam Expose Sexism and Homophobia

(17) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 7:00 PM

Meet the Lamberts, Elizabeth and Adam. No, they're not really related - at least by blood. But they are related socially. Both are the victims of gender and sex discrimination and the galloping double standard.

To review, ladies first. Elizabeth Lambert, a defender on the University of New Mexico...

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From "That's So Gay" to "No Homo": A Small Sign of Progress

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 5:22 PM

Ask any teenager in America what is the most common put down in middle school or high school? The answer: "That's so gay." It's said about anything and everything -- their clothes, their books, the music or TV shows they like, the sports figures they admire. "That's so gay" has...

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Pink Taxis, Quotas, and Global Gender Equality

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 3:09 PM

Two items in the International Herald Tribune this past week caught my eye. I was thinking about the best strategies to engage young people in initiatives to promote gender equality, which is open of the major issues of my political life.

A fleet of 35 bright pink taxis...

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