In the last couple of years I have spent a good amount of time studying the context of the American Male (often in comparison with other geographies / cultures). The concept of masculinity as a part of how men make their consumer behavior choices is pretty interesting. I have been affirmed in some areas and … Continue reading The Lesbiman: A New Masculine Ideal?
About once a year for the past several years I have had projects come across my desk that involve taking a closer look at the American Male consumer to help with one marketing, product development or otherwise strategic initiative or another. In most cases of work designed to unearth consumer insights, the focus is typically … Continue reading Conversations About Masculinity: Who Is The American Male?
This weekend while coasting on my long board through the park on the first really nice spring day of the year, I encountered a situation I hadn't been in for roughly 20-ish years. I got mistaken for a "boy" twice by curious and vociferous (god bless) young children. Twice! The first time two little girls … Continue reading Educating With Androgyny
When little girls dream of their wedding day, visions of white dresses and flying bouquets and dance floors and champagne usually come flash before their dreamy eyes. The ritual of marriage as portrayed in media and more is one of romance and pageantry and grand demonstrations of celebration. What they don't share with you in … Continue reading Isn’t It Romantic? Snapshots Of The civic Process of Marriage
Somehow the vacation conversation yesterday turned to the concept of gender roles, gender confusion and androgyny. We started talking about kids and play and debated the age old question of nature versus nurture: to what degree humans are born with certain inclinations and instincts toward gender based on biology and to what degree we … Continue reading Failing The Ultimate Sociological Experiment: With A Cat
I am on a "Fascination" train these days: inspired by this book: http://www.betterworldbooks.com/9780061714702-id-9780061714702.aspx and examining my world as a participant observer of my own social context, I found myself on the peaceful outside of a crowded bar last night having a conversation with my "bff" and a pair of adorable young twenty-something lesbians who had … Continue reading Flirtation In The Age Of Social Media
This weekend, surrounding National Coming Out Day, Atlanta celebrated Gay Pride. This is normally an activity reserved for the last Sunday in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969 but rescheduled as of several years ago in this fair city for beaurocratic reasons I do not fully understand. In any case , what I … Continue reading A Walk Through Gay Pride
Are children's cartoons required to have a sexual or gender identity? If so, then there are many more questions to be answered. I would like to thank my friend and guest blogger Eve Kerrigan for having really thought about this one and putting together a really thoughtful piece that she shared with me and gave … Continue reading The Quandry of Gender Bending Cartoons: A Brave Discussion