R.W. Connell has been a dominant force in scholarship on masculinity Australia for the last 25 years. One of the key concepts to come out of Connell’s work is the argument for the diversity of ‘masculinities’. This concept was developed to account for the shifting relations of dominance and marginalisation between groups of men. The emphasis on the plurality of masculinity debunks the popular myth, pursued by masculinity writers like Steve Biddulph and Robert Bly, that males have a fixed natural masculinity.
Gender and concepts of masculinity strongly shape feminist men’s experience as feminists in a world that considers them to be neither real men, nor real feminists, writes Rosalie Scolari. When you opt to conduct academic research on a controversial topic, I have discovered you are not in for an easy ride.