Zepp Lecture explores masculinity and coming of age

Michael Kimmel - Second Annual Zepp Lecturer - McDaniel College
September 11, 2012

Renowned sociologist Michael Kimmel speaks about his latest book, “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” for the second annual Ira G. Zepp, Jr., Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in Decker Center Forum.

Based on more than 400 interviews over a four-year span with young men, ages 16-26, this book finds that guys who live in “Guyland” are mostly white, middle-class, totally confused and cannot commit to their relationships, work or lives. According to Kimmel, this demographic is obsessed with never wanting to grow up, and they crave video games, sports and depersonalized sexual relationships.

The Sociology department chose Kimmel as the second Zepp distinguished lecturer because “he mirrors Dr. Zepp’s innovation in scholarship and teaching, and because he is a profound scholar in the field of gender and masculinity, topics Dr. Zepp discussed in many of his classes,” said Debra Lemke, professor and department chair of Sociology.

During the day-in-residence, Kimmel will also preside over a discussion on the topic of why men should care about women’s issues and attend Sociology professor Sara Raley’s class on Gender and Society, where the students are currently reading “Guyland.”

The lecture and discussion are free and open to the public. For more details on the discussion, check the online calendar at a later date.

Among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity, Michael Kimmel holds the position of distinguished professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University in New York. He is the founder and editor of the academic journal “Men and Masculinities” and is a spokesperson for The National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS).

In addition to “Guyland,” he is the author of “Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity” (1987), “Men Confront Pornography” (1990), “The Politics of Manhood” (1996), “Manhood in America: A Cultural History” (1996), “The Gender of Desire” (2005) and “The History of Men” (2005). His documentary, “Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776–1990,” chronicled men who supported women’s equality since the founding of the country.

For more information, visit http://www.guyland.net/.

The second annual Ira G. Zepp, Jr., Memorial Lecture includes a day-in-residence in honor of Ira Zepp, a devoted member of the McDaniel faculty for more than 40 years and a human rights activist in his own right who died in 2009. He advocated the acceptance of gays, civil rights and women’s rights and marched with civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Selma, Ala.

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