4 Decades After Its Founding, Men’s Studies Struggles to Define Itself

4 Decades After Its Founding, 
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Scott R. Galvin, U. of Michigan

Daphne Watkins, the first female leader of the men’s studies association, wants the group to reach out: “We’ve talked to ourselves long enough,” she says.

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close 4 Decades After Its Founding, 
Men’s Studies Struggles to Define Itself 1

Scott R. Galvin, U. of Michigan

Daphne Watkins, the first female leader of the men’s studies association, wants the group to reach out: “We’ve talked to ourselves long enough,” she says.

A dozen or so men—and one woman—bemoaned the state of men’s studies on an appropriately gray, damp day here. One complained about the "lack of space to interrogate masculinity" on the American college campus. Another cited widespread "blind hatred" of the idea. Several others offered anecdotes of their colleagues’ skepticism toward the annual conference of the American Men’s Studies Association, where this session was held.