The materials from Weeks 4 and 5 have explored the ways in which masculinities shape and are shaped by changing ideas about what counts as work in the global economy. As we discussed, work is an important site through which to study changes in masculine gender norms in response to neoliberalism and globalization and also provides us with a point of entry into organizing for social and cultural transformation.
In your second response paper, you’ll deepen your original analysis of an image that illustrates the connections between masculinity and work, drawing on the Week 4 and 5 support to synthesize your thoughts and support your response.
For the Response Paper 2, write your thoughts in response to the following prompt:
Search for an image online that depicts the connections between masculinity and work.
Describe the image. In what ways is work depicted? In what ways is masculinity depicted? What other intersections with race, class, sexuality, ability, etc. does the image call to mind?
Does the image reinforce dominant understandings of masculinity and work? Does it challenge those understandings? In what ways?
Discuss your thoughts, making reference to the Week 4 and 5 materials to support your response.
Be sure to include a copy of the image or a link to the image in your paper.
Your response paper should be between 350 and 500 words long. In your paper, you should demonstrate your ability to make connections between course readings and materials on the one hand and your own thoughts and insights about masculinities on the other.
You must make reference to at least 3 of the learning resources from Week 4 and 5. However, you should not include entire quotes from the resources. The response papers are short, and I am most interested in reading your thoughts. Whenever you refer to a reading or other materials, use parenthetical citations including the author’s last name and the page number that you’re referring to, for example, (Hearn 55). If there is no page number (i.e., in a video), just use the title of the source, e.g., (Crenshaw, “The Urgency of Intersectionality”).
REFERENCES FROM WEEK 4 AND 5, ONLY USE 3:
Berdahl, Jennifer L., et al. “Work as a Masculinity Contest.”. Journal of Social Issues, vol. 74, no. 3, 2018, pp. 422-448.
Barnett, Heather. “5 Myths About Women Being Primary Breadwinners That Need to Go Away.” SheKnows, 1 June 2015.
Hennekman, Sophie and Yuliya Shymko. “Breadwinner vs. Caretaker: The Pandemic’s Potential Gender Implications for Families.” Links to an external site.LSE, 30 July 2020.
Miller, Claire Cain. “Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Mostly Done by Women.” Links to an external site.The New York Times, 4 January 2017.
Raybould, Alice. “The 1950s and the Myth of the ‘Traditional’ Family.” Links to an external site.Medium, 26 April 2021.
Youn, Soo. “The Recession is Hitting Women of Color the Hardest.” Links to an external site.The Lily, 26 October 2020.
Kilkey, Majella. “Men and Domestic Labor: A Missing Link in the Global Care Chain.”Links to an external site. Men and Masculinities, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 126-149.
Wojnicka, Katarzyna. “What’s Masculinity Got to Do With It? The COVID-19 Pandemic, Men, and Care.” European Journal of Women’s Studies, vol. 29, 2022, pp. 27-42.