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Call for Contributors: Making Brett Kavanaugh – Masculinity in America

The Activist History Review seeks articles on the historical and present-day construction of masculinity in the United States and its significance for politics, society, economics, and culture.

The recent Congressional hearings surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the multiple allegations of sexual assault leveled against him, have brought the issue of American masculinity to the fore of public conversations in the United States in profound and often painful ways. The revelations surrounding the toxic party culture of the elite boarding schools from Kavanaugh’s youth, the disclosure of Kavanaugh’s pattern of sexualizing subordinates as a judge, and Kavanaugh’s own behavior during the hearings themselves have each fostered renewed attention to the issue of male privilege and its consequences for our society. The treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford after her identity was made public has similarly exposed the repercussions of challenging that privilege in stark terms.

The Activist History Review seeks articles on the historical and present-day construction of masculinity in the United States and its significance for politics, society, economics, and culture. What role has masculinity played in politics at home and abroad? What role has popular culture played in shaping that masculinity? Does our economic system encourage toxic masculinity? Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Capitalism
  • Third party politics
  • Militarism
  • War
  • Violence
  • Media
  • Film/TV
  • Criminal justice
  • The workplace
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Party politics
  • Race relations
  • Racial justice
  • Youth and teen culture

Please submit a short (one page or less) proposal and 100-word bio to Nathan Wuertenberg at activisthistory@gmail.com by Sunday, October 28th at 11:59PM. Final articles will be 1250-2000 words.

 

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