The rise of Trumpism exemplifies a contest over masculinity, over who qualifies as a “real man.” This contest is being waged not only by some obvious actors – President Trump, his supporters and representatives; it is a contest also waged by those who oppose the current administration and are perhaps actively working against the perpetuation of gender inequality. The themes deployed by Trumpists and anti-Trumpists alike address a core component of masculinity in the global west – dominance. This talk explores the way in which multiple vectors of inequality – race, nation, class, sexuality and gender - converge in this masculinized competition with global ramifications.
CJ Pascoe is Associate Professor of Sociology and the David M. and Nancy L. Petrone Faculty Scholar at the University of Oregon where she teaches courses on sexuality, masculinity, social psychology, and gender. Her current research focuses on masculinity, youth, homophobia, sexuality and new media.
Her book, Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School documents the relationship between homophobic harassment, heterosexism and masculinity in high school. In it CJ suggests ways we might begin to redefine gender norms that are damaging to both boys and girls.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.