Michael Kimmel is among the leading scholars on men and masculinity in the world today. He has spent most of his career looking critically at masculinity, the role men play in the feminist movement, and how men can benefit from that movement. Kimmel will deliver his lecture “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men” at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 19, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University.
Kimmel’s keynote lecture is part of the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Research Symposium. It is free and open to the public.
Kimmel’s scholarship and activism has helped to drive conversations on gender equality for over the past two decades. His most recent publication The Guy’s Guide to Feminism, co-authored with Michael Kaufman, is a humorous and accessible exploration of the feminist movement. It highlights how feminist movements have collectively improved the lives of girls and women and how boys and men benefit from these gains.
Kimmel’s books include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity, Men Confront Pornography, The Gender of Desire, and The Politics of Manhood. He has also co-edited The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities and The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities. Kimmel also wrote the documentary history, Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990, which chronicles men’s support of women’s equality since the founding of the country.
He is the spokesperson of The National Organization For Men Against Sexism (NOMAS).
The event is sponsored by Illinois State’s Women's and Gender Studies Program, Diversity Advocacy, Department of History, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Sage Trust, Office of the President and the College of Arts and Sciences.
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