This was a big year. My anthology with C.J. Pascoe was published last summer – Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity, & Change. We’ve received really wonderful feedback so far and are completely thrilled to see that the book is provoking the sorts of conversation we hoped it might. Recently, we discovered that the introduction to Exploring Masculinities was cited in Janice Yoder’s introductory editorial at Sex Roles after she took office. Some of what we summarize in that introduction is how the sociology of masculinities grew out of a dissatisfaction with sex role theory in the 70’s and 80’s. We discuss the theoretical interventions that followed as attempting to make up for the shortcomings of sex role theory and a structural functionalist framework for understanding gender. Yoder cites some of this in her editorial, “An Up-To-Date Gender Journal with an Outdated Name.” My vote is that we actually change the name; I’d suggest “Gender Relations.” I’ll explain more in an early post in 2016 (I promise).
C.J. and I are also excited that work on “hybrid masculinities” continues to provoke a great deal of interest as well. We’re starting to see articles come out that rely on a framework I resurrected in my 2014 article in Gender & Society and summarized in more detail with C.J. Pascoe in Sociology Compass in 2014. That the framework is proving useful in explaining findings across a diverse collection of studies provoked C.J. and I to pursue a more nuanced theorization (an article currently in progress) as well as an edited volume on hybrid masculinities (also in progress).
I’m also continuing to plug away at my book prospectus and finishing up a couple pieces as articles. That’s been a challenging process. But I’m beginning to wrap my head around it.
All of my favorite sociology blogs include year end reviews of their biggest and best posts. While I’ve started to use this space as more of a digital archive to collect all of the blogging I do elsewhere, I thought it would be fun to share some of the most popular posts I wrote this year (along with some of my personal favorites).
Top 5 Most Popular Posts of 2015
- Masculinity and Mass Shootings in the U.S. (Tristan Bridges and Tara Leigh Tober)
- Beyond “Bossy” or “Brilliant”?: Gender Bias in Student Evaluations (Tristan Bridges, Kjerstin Gruys, Christin Munsch, and C.J. Pascoe)
- Pop Music, Rape Culture, and the Sexualization of Blurred Lines (Tristan Bridges and C.J. Pascoe)
- Bro-Porn Revisited: Heterosexualizing Straight White Men’s Anti-Homophobia (again) (C.J. Pascoe and Tristan Bridges)
- Twitter Activity at the American Sociological Association Summer 2015 Meeting (Tristan Bridges)
My Personal Favorites from 2015
- What Constitutes a Mass Shooting and Why You Should Care (Tristan Bridges, Tara Leigh Tober, and Nicole Wheeler)
- Studying Race and Gender in Comic Books with Color Codes (Tristan Bridges)
- Cosmopolitan Masculinities and Gender Omnivorousness: Transformations in Gender and Inequality (Tristan Bridges)
- Bronies, Anti-Rape Chants, and Gendered Change (C.J. Pascoe and Tristan Bridges)
- Drawing Race and Class Boundaries with Sexual Discourses (Tristan Bridges)
In addition to these posts, I was also invited to write for CNN.com this year (on the masculinity of Donald Trump of all things) and a few of my posts were shared at Huffington Post and Pacific Standard (the latter, thanks to Sociological Images).
Perhaps most exciting (to me) of all is that a few of my posts (many coauthored) will be published in a forthcoming edited volume of short posts on gender – Assigned: Life with Gender – edited by Lisa Wade, Douglas Hartman, and Christopher Uggen (published as a part of The Society Pages Series published by W.W. Norton). I’m enormously honored to be able to share some of this work in that volume and I can’t wait to see the finished product!
Additionally, I had my first blog post turn into a publication. My colleague, Melody L. Boyd, and I had an idea for a review article about research on what sociologists call the “marriageability of men.” We shared a post here (initially at Feminist Reflections) and wrote a review article that is forthcoming in Sociology Compass.
Finally, I continue to serve as a contributing editor at Feminist Reflections and to write a monthly column with C.J. Pascoe at Girl W/ Pen! – “Manly Musings.” C.J. and I regularly support guest posts at our column at Girl W/ Pen! and we are interested in continuing to support guest posts at Feminist Reflections as well. It’s been incredibly fun and meaningful for me to have the opportunity to work with scholars who are blogging for the first time in addition to connecting with long-time bloggers to share their work and ideas on these two feminist scholarly digital spaces. I’m looking forward to doing more of this in 2016.
Well… that about wraps up 2015. Thanks for reading.