February 1, 2012
I am struck by the image of Victorian men mentioned by one of the commenters in the entry about “men’s studies” — probably because I read quite a bit of literature from that time period. When I think of men from that era I often picture them smoking a pipe in the company of men, not just discussing business but engaging in friendly banter, and developing male camaraderie. Men in our country and throughout the world have always had a place to gather as men, not just as workers, but as friends. And it only makes sense. Men are the ones who go to war and that requires a great deal of trust and respect to fight with and for one another.
Feminists have fought to enter into every sphere of the male world, not just in the public sphere, but in private spheres as well. They protested any club that excluded women. Many men today have not experienced healthy male bonding. I wonder how many men who are in sports and garner some semblance of what it’s like to live in a world where men have room to be men and brothers would make the statements these men’s studies professors make.