Constructing Masculinity

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Maurice Berger, Brian Wallis, Simon Watson, Carrie Mae Weems
Psychology Press, 1995 - Art - 342 pages
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This study questions society's normative standards of the masculine and contemplates the extent to which men and women can transcend these stereotypes. It explores the ways in which representations of masculinity and maleness in the media and the arts produce, challenge and ultimately shape notions of the masculine. It takes us beyond the status of masculinity itself, and suggests that men must begin to rethink the very boundaries that shape and define what it means to be a man. Conversely, women must play an important role in this re-evaluation, an idea suggested by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's admonition that when something is about masculinity, it isn't always about men'.

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Maurice Berger is Senior Fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. Simon Watson is the founding director of The Contemporary Art Institute of New York, sponsor of the annual SoHo Arts Festival. Brian Wallis is a cultural critic, living in New York. He has written extensively on contemporary art, and is the editor of numerous books, including Art After Modernism (1984), and Rock My Religion: Writing and Art Projects by Dan Graham (1994).

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