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Menís Studies Foremost Authority Opts for Castration, Literally
MensNewsDaily.com ^ | April 22, 2010 | Paul Elam

Posted on 04/23/2010 9:18:17 AM PDT by RogerFGay

No, the headline of this article is not an antic of some tabloid. The story is as simple as it is bizarre. Robert W. Connell is the premier authority in the world on masculinities. A native of Australia, his books have been ranked first, fourth, fifth and sixth of the top ten books considered to have a profound impact on sociological theory in that country.

Connell’s influence has reached global proportions, making his work required reading in men’s studies programs internationally, earning him iconic status and widespread esteem. He is to men’s studies what Darwin was to the study of evolution.

And now, he is a she.

Though the timing of the transformation is uncertain, Robert Connell showed up at a 2008 Wake Forrest College meeting of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA) as Raewyn Connell, a legally recognized female incarnation of the formerly male scholar.

It was a startling change that must have stunned those attending, but not a word about it was formally spoken.

One might think that the remarkable silence was a reflection of an enlightened collection of men and women, blind to the supposedly limiting constructs of gender, and practicing an acceptance so espoused by the causes they promote.

But it is more likely that there was a different sort of silence in the audience that day; one of solemn concern about the implications of a masculinities expert who, in his sixth decade of life, had the masculinity cut from his body like a malignant tumor.

And the questions that arise from this are more relevant than ever, given recent events in the studies of men and the struggle for how those studies are going to be defined. A review of recent events is in order.

Male studies, a new academic discipline was announced on April 7th of this year at the first ever Symposium on Male Studies at Wagner College in New York. It caused a firestorm of debate that has spread from the halls of academia, across the blogosphere and into the limelight of the mainstream media.

At the core of the controversy is how male studies, the new discipline, differs from men’s studies, the long standing offshoot of women’s studies that remains faithful to, and guided by, feminist ideology. And as the differences between the two are examined, the significance of Connell’s (see left) sex change becomes all the more apparent.

Male studies, according to their FAQ, is “[I]ndependent scholarship without ideological ties to men’s studies, which emerged within gender studies to compliment women’s studies.” This signals a break from feminist influence, and is likely what is fueling the debate.

Objection to male studies, which often borders on outrage, has come from university blogs, some of which are painting male studies as a dangerous endeavor. The University of Connecticut website proclaimed that male studies would “lead to more gender trouble,” though their argument was significantly weakened by continuously conflating men’s studies with male studies, actually appearing not to know the difference.

Academicians invested in men’s studies have begun to speak out against the new discipline, as we have seen recently from AMSA President Robert Heasley, who told Forbes Magazine that male studies was a redundancy. “Their argument is that they are inventing something that I think already exists.”

His sentiments were echoed by Dr. Michael Kimmel in an email to me in February of this year. Kimmel was speaking on behalf of the National Organization of Men‘s Against Sexism, an activist organization that supports men‘s studies. He admonished the male studies creators, and apparently me, that there was “No need to think your conference at Wagner is “creating” a new field.”

On the other side, proponents for the new approach take a much different view.

Consistent with the Foundation for Male Studies FAQ, the presenters at the Symposium made clear that the whatever male studies was to be, it would not be a repeat of programs already in place.

Symposium speaker and McGill University researcher Paul Nathanson said, “There is some critique of feminism that is going to be involved” in male studies. “There are some fundamental features of ideological feminism over the last 30 or 40 years that we need to question.”

Nathanson also said, “The institutionalization of misandry,” -the hatred of men and boys- is “being generated by feminists, [though] not all feminists.”

Another way of interpreting what Nathanson is saying is that male studies will not emulate or copy men’s studies, but will instead seek to explore how men’s studies have had an ill effect on society at large.

And this brings us back to the significance of Connell’s sex change. Dissenters from feminism have long postulated that the ideology itself is driven by misandry, and not just a desire to seek equality for women. Indeed, in an examination of required reading for men’s and women’s studies, one finds such a voluminous collection of hate speech, that were it directed at any other group than men would never see the inside of a university classroom.

Some of that hatred seems to also be reflected in the vitriolic rejection of the idea of male studies, and may also be ironically evident in the surgical procedure elected by a certain masculinities luminary.

It is important to note that Connell coined the term “hegemonic masculinity,” a destructive form of masculinity inferred to thrive on dominance and rooted in white, married, heterosexual male culture. This model was subsequently generalized to the male population by feminists, with the same biased perspectives, and used in efforts to deconstruct masculinity and reshape it to conform to feminist ideological ideals, most of which are demonstrably anti-male, anti-marriage, anti-heterosexual, and in some cases, anti-white.

It is equally important to point out that it is impossible to discuss a sex change operation without making reference to Gender Identity Disorder (GID), a metal health disorder included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). Symptoms of the disorder, which frequently results in sex change operations and/or transvestism, provide significant insight into the personality of those affected.

In childhood onset, one of the primary symptoms is a feeling of disgust with ones own genitalia, and a wish to be rid of them. It sets up a life long pattern of rejecting the sex that the afflicted was born with, and a persistent desire to take on the role of the opposite sex.

Interviews with many transvestites reveal that they almost universally report being aware of their condition between four and seven years of age.

Since it is ludicrous to assume that anyone without GID would seek a sex change operation, it stands to reason that Raewyn Connell is one such individual who is affected by the condition.

And this calls on us at the very least to question the objectivity of her work, as well as the motivations behind it.

Is it possible that an individual so hated the sex they were born with that it sparked a life long academic quest to deconstruct it into something that did not disgust them? Is it possible that the fruits of those efforts were easily embraced by others who may have had issues of their own with traditional masculinity? Not intellectual issues, but intrapersonal ones. And is, as Nathanson alluded to, the misandry being bred by feminists, just part and parcel to the ideology itself, as it is practiced in the halls of higher education and in society at large?

One thing is certain. Raewyn Connell’s view of masculinity is not a product of scholarly pursuit, but of mental illness; a pathological hatred of a particular sex, in this case male. And when that is true of the preeminent authority in a field of study with such far reaching sociological ramifications, then it is time to make a change.

Let us hope that the idea of male studies cannot be cut off as easily as an unwanted penis.

Paul Elam is the Editor-in-Chief for Men’s News Daily and the publisher of A Voice for Men.



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KEYWORDS: academia; homosexualagenda; jpb; mentalillness; moralabsolutes; raewynconnell; robertconnell; transexual; transgender

1 posted on 04/23/2010 9:18:17 AM PDT by RogerFGay
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To: RogerFGay

Men make really ugly women.

This is an excellent commentary on how pathetic current “intellectuals” have become.


2 posted on 04/23/2010 9:21:41 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: RogerFGay

Sometimes I think the efforts to preserve western civilization are a wasted effort, and that we should just push through the impending collapse and dark ages ASAP.

Healthy cultures simply don’t permit this kind of devolution.


3 posted on 04/23/2010 9:22:41 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Is it sedition to defy usurpation?)
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To: RogerFGay

1st of all - who knew there was such thing as “Men’s Studies”?

2nd - what a blow.

Did this guy decide in all his studies of maleness that he didn’t like it?


4 posted on 04/23/2010 9:22:50 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: RogerFGay

Guess he wanted to find out how the other half lives.

Literally.


5 posted on 04/23/2010 9:23:37 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: RogerFGay

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Men’s Studies?

Drinking beer and passing gas.


6 posted on 04/23/2010 9:25:03 AM PDT by Touch Not the Cat (Where is the light? Wonder if it's weeping somewhere...)
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To: RogerFGay

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Men’s Studies?

Drinking beer and passing gas.


7 posted on 04/23/2010 9:25:05 AM PDT by Touch Not the Cat (Where is the light? Wonder if it's weeping somewhere...)
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To: kittymyrib
Men make really ugly women.

Wait 'til he/she discovers the hard reality: sixty year old men are still considered sexually attractive... Sixty year old women - not so much...

8 posted on 04/23/2010 9:26:17 AM PDT by GOPJ ("Everything in this world has a heart; the heart itself has its own heart." - Rebbe Nahman)
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To: RogerFGay; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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9 posted on 04/23/2010 9:27:07 AM PDT by narses (Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive.)
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To: RogerFGay

I knew I'd seen him/her somewhere before...

10 posted on 04/23/2010 9:27:58 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: RogerFGay
Men’s Studies Foremost Authority Opts for Castration, Literally

That's Nuts!

11 posted on 04/23/2010 9:28:22 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: RogerFGay

I never thought of being a Man, or Male, was something to be studied. As a man, I consider the gender more “The Studier” than “The Studied”.

Living the life of a man is complex (Yet not complicated). It is difficult, always. It is always rewarding.

Being man, however, is simple.

The removal of the Penis will usher in neither. I’m a man because of what’s between my ears, not between my legs. I live the life of a man because of the reward.


12 posted on 04/23/2010 9:30:12 AM PDT by Celerity
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To: RogerFGay

That is one ugly womyn.


13 posted on 04/23/2010 9:30:31 AM PDT by texmexis best (My)
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To: RogerFGay

Academia is full of fruits and nuts


14 posted on 04/23/2010 9:32:08 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: RogerFGay

My take: If you’re born a male and unhappy about it, you will probably be even more unhappy as a psuedo-female. These folks are just unhappy people period!


15 posted on 04/23/2010 9:32:24 AM PDT by downtownconservative
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To: GeronL

And now the fruits and nuts are running the country.


16 posted on 04/23/2010 9:33:19 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: GOPJ

“sixty year old men are still considered sexually attractive”

Spoken like a man.


17 posted on 04/23/2010 9:35:45 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: RogerFGay

“Men’s studies” is, and always was, just repackaged feminism. It is, therefore, unremarkable that a leading proponent would become a broad.

SnakeDoc


18 posted on 04/23/2010 9:36:15 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant [...] that even a god-king can bleed.")
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To: Celerity

“The removal of the Penis will usher in neither.”

Well, castration is just testicle-removal.


19 posted on 04/23/2010 9:36:26 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Psalm 144
Healthy cultures simply don’t permit this kind of devolution.

Correct. The flip side is that unhealthy economies cannot afford these types of studies. When one is forced to work to eat, one stays focused.

20 posted on 04/23/2010 9:36:58 AM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: stinkerpot65

>> And now the fruits and nuts are running the country.

Actually ... I think he’s technically just a fruit. They removed the nuts.

SnakeDoc


21 posted on 04/23/2010 9:37:00 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant [...] that even a god-king can bleed.")
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To: andy58-in-nh

“Graham Chapman” was the first thing that came to my mind, too.


22 posted on 04/23/2010 9:53:29 AM PDT by Disambiguator (Progressivism, Socialism, Marxism, Communism - it's all shades of black.)
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To: RogerFGay

English Departments no longer do much teaching of English literature. An awful lot of it is what is commonly called “gender bending.” Women in the novel, women writers, the evil crimes of dead white male writers, the postmodernist significance of race, class, and gender, and so forth.

Really a shame. I think most of them are losing students, since any normal person would want to take an English course because they enjoy reading poems, plays, or novels and want to know more about them.

So, now it’s turning from attempted mutilation of student minds to self mutilation, literally.


23 posted on 04/23/2010 9:54:36 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: RogerFGay
It is important to note that Connell coined the term “hegemonic masculinity,” a destructive form of masculinity inferred to thrive on dominance and rooted in white, married, heterosexual male culture. This model was subsequently generalized to the male population by feminists, with the same biased perspectives, and used in efforts to deconstruct masculinity and reshape it to conform to feminist ideological ideals, most of which are demonstrably anti-male, anti-marriage, anti-heterosexual, and in some cases, anti-white.

There were equally elaborate treatments of phrenology, alchemy, and Aryan Science. And the people who carved academic careers out within them were just as earnest.

24 posted on 04/23/2010 10:03:08 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: RogerFGay
He is to men’s studies what Darwin was to the study of evolution.

This "individual" was the expert in his field, and his work was apparently accepted as such.

In the end, his work was apparently based on an extremely skewed view of masculinity.

How much public (school) policy was based on this individuals work?

How many sociologists based their views on his work?

Methinks he has done much damage...

25 posted on 04/23/2010 10:10:20 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: RogerFGay
Cue Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side." ;)

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the USA
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she

26 posted on 04/23/2010 10:35:07 AM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Psalm 144

100 years ago he would have been put straight in the loony bin.


27 posted on 04/23/2010 10:40:48 AM PDT by Persevero (Ask yourself: "What does the Left want me to do?" Then go do the opposite.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Not me. First I ever heard of such a critter is this article. I do recall the amusing book Real Men don’t eat Quiche and a similar one called The Manly Handbook. Great laughs in both but I guess that is as far as I got on the topic.


28 posted on 04/23/2010 10:44:44 AM PDT by xp38
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To: the OlLine Rebel

“Well, castration is just testicle-removal.”

JUST?!?!?


29 posted on 04/23/2010 10:46:16 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Is it sedition to defy usurpation?)
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To: RogerFGay

Monty Python couldn’t have written a funnier story


30 posted on 04/23/2010 10:46:53 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: anymouse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkwD261MHsc


31 posted on 04/23/2010 2:09:54 PM PDT by RogerFGay
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To: pissant

He was a feminism expert in Women’s Studies trapped in a masculinities expert in Men’s Studies body.


32 posted on 04/23/2010 2:33:58 PM PDT by RogerFGay
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To: RogerFGay

It is amazing how much power we have given the mentally ill in our society.

After we get the money stuff straightened out we are really going to need to work on marginalizing these nuts and their nutty ideas.


33 posted on 04/23/2010 3:03:30 PM PDT by jocon307 (It's the spending, stupid.)
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To: Cicero

This begs the question, are there any colleges that are not mental institutions? Seriously, what are some healthy universities and colleges?


34 posted on 04/23/2010 5:59:25 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: jocon307
The money stuff has a lot to do with this madness, since it appears that mad people have sought the positions of power in order to promote their own favorite forms of madness. When the crazy get into positions of power they can get their hands on funding which then goes directly toward funding more insanity. All of these leftist aberrations would not be so prevalent in society if they were not being well funded by our tax dollars and tax exempt foundation money.
35 posted on 04/23/2010 6:04:14 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: kittymyrib
Men make really ugly women.

This is an excellent commentary on how pathetic current “intellectuals” have become.


Agreed. On both counts!
36 posted on 04/23/2010 6:06:07 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: RogerFGay

I will never understand how a man could have his penis removed.If that is not a sign of mental illness I don’t know what is.


37 posted on 04/23/2010 8:59:28 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord,For His Name Alone Is Exaulted)
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To: GOPJ

I’m 33 and totally infatuated with a man who is 64!I just dig that salt-and-pepper hair.


38 posted on 04/23/2010 9:01:17 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord,For His Name Alone Is Exaulted)
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