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Read all articles (1 to 10) in Part 1 and Part 2

Part One: Perspectives on Masculinities

Article 1 Caveman Masculinity: Finding an Ethnicity in Evolutionary Science

Martha McCaughey

Article 2 The Act-Like-a-Man Box Paul Kivel

Article 3 All Men Are Not Created Equal: Asian Men in U.S. History

Yen Le Espiritu

Article 4 The Black Male Privileges Checklist Jewel Woods

Article 5 Latino Masculinities in the Post-9/11 Era Hernan Ramirez and

Edward Flores

Part Two: Boyhood

Article 6 Warrior Narratives in the Kindergarten Classroom: Renegotiating the Social Contract? Ellen Jordan and Angela Cowan

Article 7 “No Way My Boys Are Going to Be Like That!”: Parents’ Responses to Children’s Gender Nonconformity Emily W. Kane

Article 8 “Guys Are Just Homophobic:” Rethinking Adolescent Homophobia and Heterosexuality C. J. Pascoe

Article 9 Making a Name for Yourself: Transgressive Acts and Gender Performance Ann Ferguson

Article 10 A War Against Boys? Michael Kimmel

Questions to answer:

1) Based on your own reflections and the assigned readings, formulate and describe a definition of modern masculinity. Answer the question: What is masculinity and what does it mean to be a man? Your definition should be specific and describe traits, characteristics, behaviors, emotions, roles, etc. that define and explain masculinity and what it means to be man in modern society.

2) Do you believe there is a universal definition of masculinity, or does the definition of masculinity vary among individuals, cultures, societies, etc. ? Explain why you believe what you believe.

3) Explain whether you believe the definition of masculinity has changed/is changing over time? If so, explain how it has changed. If not, explain how the definition has remained stable over time. Provide specific examples to support your position.

4) Based on your own reflections and the assigned readings, identify and explain at least three different factors that influence our views/perceptions of masculinity. For each factor, provide at least one example to illustrate each factor.