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Michael Kimmel
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.

Entries by Michael Kimmel

Are Trump's Supporters All Insecure About Their Masculinity?

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 4:28 PM

What unites Donald Trump's supporters, apparently, is not their racism, their class position, their xenophobic anti-immigrant positions. In fact, according to a University of Massachusetts political scientist, these political positions are actually manifestations of a psychological disposition. What unites Trump's minions is their authoritarianism.

Matthew MacWilliams channels a...

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Wimbledon, the (Women's) World Cup, and Gender Equality

(21) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 6:45 PM

My wife and I were among the more than 25 million Americans who watched the final match of the Women's World Cup in July, Skyping all the while with our soccer-fanatic son who was abroad. That's more viewers than any men's soccer game has ever received in the...

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Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:43 PM

I recently welcomed nearly 800 activists, researchers and students to the first International Conference on Masculinities. Standing at the podium in New York City, I was humbled that people had traveled from all over the world in support of men and boys embracing the struggle for gender equality.

The landmark...

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The Tracks of Men's Tears

(25) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:02 PM

A few years ago, my family and I went to Yankee Stadium to take in a ball game. Before the game, there was a ceremony honoring Mickey Mantle on the anniversary of his death. The sell-out crowd stood for what seemed like an eternity, as highlight reels captured Mantle's career...

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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?


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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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