Clean Meat and Masculinity
Now on Patreon
I have started using Patreon in order for readers to have a way to financially support my work regarding men and masculinity.
Most of my new articles—the like of which are currently published on various websites—will now be available exclusively to Patreon supporters. I’ll also be posting shorter thoughts that might get incorporated into longer pieces of work. For example, I have posted thoughts on Patreon about:
- the essentialist nature of referring to “white masculinity”
- how we are all complicit in male violence
- the disconnect between sexual desire and sexual politics
- the politics of sex robots
- how Stage 3 misunderstands Stage 2’s perception of the “war on men”
- Stage 3’s regulation of men’s emotions.
Furthermore, some of the content from these monthly news roundups will also migrate to Patreon. If you would like full access to my ongoing writing, please consider becoming a Patreon supporter, which starts from as little as $2 per month. Higher value Patreon rewards come in the form of Skype conversations with me regarding men and masculinity. These conversations can work in several ways:
- just chewing the fat, a bit like an “ask me anything”
- a more formal ongoing coaching conversation regarding your personal or professional goals
- unpacking a research question if you are a student or researcher.
This month I have a new article on The Good Men Project website, We Need to Talk About Sustainable Masculinity. This article uses George Lakoff’s ideas about framing to critique the current obsession with describing everything as “toxic masculinity.” Lakoff states that “when you negate a frame, you activate the frame,” which suggests that every time you critique toxic masculinity, you actually mobilize and reinforce it. I go on to argue that we need to find a frame for masculinity that we are happy to activate and repeat on a daily basis, and propose that “sustainable masculinity” is a good option.
The Good Men Project also ran a reprint article of mine, Why I Changed My Mind About International Men’s Day. This article, in line with this month’s International Men’s Day, is part of my mission to trouble the tired binary between men’s rights advocates and feminists in order to make way for a different conversation about men and masculinity.
I have two articles this month available exclusively to Patreon supporters. The first article is Involving Men in Gender Mainstreaming. In this article I note how the process of engaging men in the issue of gender is often perceived as one of raising men’s consciousness about the problems faced by women in regard to equality and social justice. I propose instead appealing to men’s self-interest as a way of engaging them with gender: we can keep issues such as violence or workplace discrimination on the table, but seen firstly as a problem for men. The hope is that once men have been sensitized to such issues in regard to men, they may find it a smaller step to see how they impact women.
The second article on Patreon is Clean Meat and Masculinity, which looks at the challenges posed by traditional masculinity to the clean meat industry and its sustainability goals. In short, traditional masculinity is tightly bound to regular meat eating and is also suspicious of environmental issues. The clean meat industry needs to find a way of addressing these dual problems if it is to succeed. There are also audio versions of these two articles available to Patreon supporters.
Newsletter Reader Profiles
Let’s continue with another newsletter reader profile. When I first started my work on masculinity over a decade ago it was as a doctoral student researching Christian masculinity (this went on to become my book, Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy). During that time I was very critical of Christian men’s ministries. It’s easy to be critical from the outside, but much harder to challenge perceptions of masculinity from within the Church. That’s why I was happy to discover Steve Hinkle.
Steven T. Hinkle is passionate about encouraging and empowering men (young and old). His blog advocates for men and boys who may feel like a “male fail” because of cultural or Christian masculinity stereotypes. Steve has worked closely with and ministered to teenagers and adults as a pastor, church planter, youth pastor, and educator for over twenty years. Three years ago, Steve began sharing the message of his upcoming book to a growing audience and has been a featured writer and contributor to many online communities including The Good Men Project, Christians for Biblical Equality and churchleaders.com. For more information visit: http://www.masculinityrethink.com