Professor of Anthropology at Webster University and Board Member of the American Men’s Studies Association, Don Conway-Long, in an article titled “The Violence Behind the Words ‘Be A Man'” argues that: “We say that violence is a bad thing, and yet our culture lives and thrives on it.”
The February 2nd article on bithchmedia.org goes on: “While programs looking specifically at women and gender studies began in American universities in the 1970s, it has taken longer for academics to take a hard, critical look at masculinity. Last fall marked the start of the country’s first-ever master’s program in masculinity studies, which is housed at Stony Brook University. And Conway-Long himself is creating a freshman seminar at Webster about toxic masculinity called ‘Why People Choose Violence.’ ‘Classes that focus on analyzing cultural notions of masculinity could help us fuel the national discussion on masculinity we need to have,’ said Conway-Long….
Anthropological research further backs up the scientific idea that men are not inherently more violent than women. Conway-Long points out a community found in the Louisiade Archipelago of Papua New Guinea called Vanatinai. On this sparsely populated island, men and women live equally, assertiveness and autonomy are highly and equally valued as personal qualities for males and females, and violence and aggression are condemned and rare—for both men and women.”
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