The Masculinity Conspiracy: chapter 4 now online

Chapter 4 (Relationships) of The Masculinity Conspiracy is now online.

This chapter examines how the theme of relationships is mobilized in the conspiracy via two books: Double Your Dating: What Every Man Should Know About How to Be Successful with Women by David DeAngelo and Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Relationships by John Gray.

It shows how these books promote masculine relationships of fixed characteristics.

It then offers some different ways of thinking about masculine relationships in order to counter the conspiracy.

2 thoughts on “The Masculinity Conspiracy: chapter 4 now online

  1. yes books promoting relationships (hetero or homoeo) based on generalisations of each gender…really piss me off.

    i think the words masculinity and femininity are used to describe the biological GENDER (male or female) rather than as describing different qualities or essences that “inhabit” EITHER a female or a male?

    sheesh….ALL genders have to work at getting a balance of these essences within us…or just go with the more dominant one and celebrate your unique poison-ality ! as best and as lovingly as ya can…unpacking the SOCIAL conditioning as you go…

    mm…just don’t put me in a box because of my genitalia (pardon the pun) 🙂

    1. Yes, I think the struggle is that many of the claims of the conspiracy texts appear on the surface to be true: i.e., men and women *do* tend to function in certain ways. The thing, of course, is that this is because of the conditioning of the conspiracy, *not* because it is inherently “true”.

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