A successful week. Doctor Smiler and I have briefly communicated and he’s expressed an interest in helping me with my research!
Mentorship aside, this week has been one of clarity. My topic question, once regarding lust across genders, has been focussed. The issue of gender neutrality is still important for me to explore. That said, I’ve taken to male sexuality and behavior as a vehicle to discuss gender roles and expectations in American Culture. The conversation of lust and promiscuity is still present, but poignantly focussed through a more productive lens.
This article, “In Defense of the Manny,” volleys the topic of men assuming what we believe are strictly female roles. Are our fears of men molesting our children so far exploited that we can’t think of them fostering our children’s development and care? Melinda Moyer does an excellent job at challenging this notion by asking if this is an act of sexism or the product of repeated behavior.
We’ve conditioned ourselves to believe men will touch our sons or violate our daughters. If the story on the news is the only information you’re giving yourself about men and infidelity, you’re doing a great disservice to America’s children. Men are capable of compassion and care.