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?
Did Darwin have it wrong when it came to evolutionary biology and mating behavior? An article in this Sunday's NY Times poses an interesting argument about the influence of culture. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/opinion/sunday/darwin-was-wrong-about-dating.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Darwin Was Wrong About Dating A COUPLE of evolutionary psychologists recently published a book about human sexual behavior in prehistory called “Sex at Dawn.” … Continue reading Sex And Dating: Culture Versus Nature?
You are white and work in a "creative" profession. You shop at Urban Outfitters and commute (on occasion) via hybrid road bike. You live in a loft. Your girlfriend / wife is both gorgeous and smart. You prefer to watch World Cup Soccer to professional football or baseball. You read or listen to music more … Continue reading Crossfit, Handstands and Galaga: Metro Male Bonding Rituals
What do you get when you mix Die-Hard era Bruce Willis with The Rock and sprinkle in a little Jersey-Shore Pauly D - minus the hair grease? Well, minus the hair too, actually. You get Vin Diesel; 21st century American Man-Brand. He is to pop cinema what J Lo is to pop music: a reflection … Continue reading Vin Diesel: The Man-Brand On My Mind
Yesterday, I read a pretty fascinating article in the new york times (the origin of the image above) called "Why Fathers Matter" ( http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/opinion/sunday/why-fathers-really-matter.html?pagewanted=all) that talked about how a father's lifestyle choices can affect the genetics of his offspring. I thought blogging about this would be a perfect follow-up to this weekend's POV on lesbian … Continue reading What’s So Important About Fathers?
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
As an Anthropologist and Sociologist who has devoted her adult life, passion and career to the study of human culture and human organization / how we function as societies, the topics of gender and family and kinship are ones that I have studied with some rigor. Likely more than most (save the professional scholars). This … Continue reading Anthropology and The Definition of Marraige
Hugging is a central part of our regimen of social interaction rituals. It has both cultural and emotional significance. Hugs make us feel good: we feel loved, connected and they serve to make us feel accepted as a part of a group. There are different types of situations where hugging is an appropriate demonstration of … Continue reading Hug It Out, Bro.