Friday, January 17, 2014

Male Studies: Do we need it, and can it happen?

Earlier this week the University of South Australia Male Studies program seemed at risk of cancellation after years of planning. This was in response to allegations made by Tory Shepherd, published on "Adelaide Now," that the organizers were tied to "hate groups."  

I had an excellent wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Janice Fiamengo, University of Ottawa, about Male Studies, Women's Studies, feminism, Canada's prostitution laws, police policy on prostitution, law professor Elizabeth Sheehy's battle to legalize husband-killing,
domestic violence, and the dehumanization of males in popular culture, to mention a few topics. The event was scheduled for 40 minutes but it was so engaging that we went on for 2 1/2 hours, and we could have gone longer.

Dr. Fiamengo is very well-read and well-spoken, and you can literally jump in anywhere in this video and find thought-provoking and insightful ideas.


We had intended to include Dr. Miles Groth, professor of psychology at Wagner University, but technical difficulties prevented his participation. So I have scheduled a separate live broadcast for a conversation with Dr. Groth, who was deeply involved  in planning the Male Studies program and has lectured at the University of South Australia in the past. Don't miss it, and bring your questions and comments, I will do my best to include them in the discussion.

Dr. Groth recently gave a lecture at the University of Toronto, which triggered a protest at Queen's Park, the Ontario Legislature, shown here: 


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Dr. Miles Groth is a professor of psychology at Wagner College, NY, NY. His interests include "the psychology of being male, especially the experience of boyhood and the transition to manhood (www.boyhoodstudies.com)."  http://wagner.edu/psychology/faculty/groth/

Dr. Groth "is the author of three books about Martin Heidegger: Preparatory Thinking in Heidegger's Teaching (1987), The Voice that Thinks: Heidegger Studies (1997) and Translating Heidegger (2004), as well as a series of articles on existential analysis."  More info can be found on Wikipedia.