Welcome

Men @ Nebraska is a student organization that seeks to expand definitions of masculinities and enhance college men’s lives. It is a group that is open to all genders and strives to work together with all genders to deconstruct dominant and societal definitions of manhood.

2nd Annual Men and Masculinities Conference
“Making a ‘Man’: Developing Masculinities.” April 8th, 2016 (Registration link here)
Call to Present: Submit proposals by March 18 to here.

What do M@N members do?

  • Gain Leadership Opportunities: Represent M@N by conducting presentations to groups and classrooms about who we are, what we stand for, and even facilitating learning activities. Reach out to other organizations and find meaningful collaborative opportunities. Also, be a part of the program development and implementation process.

  • Participate in weekly discussion meetings: We discuss current issues using a masculinities lens. We discuss personal issues related to masculinities and offer different perspectives and support. Overall, we offer a space allowing for connections, friendship, and dialogue.

  • Plan events: Get involved in helping to increase awareness of dominant ideas of manhood and why it’s important to deconstruct those ideas. We do this by creating interactive and educational events that connect with students and the community.

  • Make Change: Learning about dominant ideals of manhood and its effect on society, and deconstructing those ideas allow you to make change in your own life. Additionally, you will be able to teach others in helping them make positive changes in their lives. That will lead to a more healthy outlook on the concept of manhood on campus that can help us eradicate some of the self-destructive behaviors some men engage in while trying to live up to an ideal male image.

  • Build relationships: Connect with other students and staff to build lasting and supportive relationships.

Do you want to know more about M@N?

  • Request a Presentation or activity from M@N: Submit a request to bring M@N to your organization or class here.

  • Attend a M@N meeting: For the spring semester of 2016, our meetings are held at 3pm on Mondays in Nebraska Union 338 (Women’s Center).

  • Attend events: Increase your awareness of what masculinities are, why this is important to understand, masculinities effects on society, and how to deconstruct dominant masculinity into a healthier and empowering concept. Each year M@N puts together M@N Week, Men and Masculinities Conference, and presents at regional and national conferences as a group. We also conduct other events, such as film screenings and events with other organizations.

    • Men @ Nebraska Week: A week of interactive and informative events focused on expanding and challenging definitions of masculinity.

    • Men and Masculinities Conference: Spring Conference at UNL showcasing data-driven and practice-based work regarding issues related to masculinities.

    • American Men’s Studies Association National Conference: Each year M@N goes to this national conference to present a project and learn from other great scholars. It’s an opportunity to network and increase student professional development. Go here to learn more about AMSA.

  • Follow and like us: on Facebook at: Men@Nebraska.

  • Contact the coordinator: email wcmensprograms@unl.edu to connect with the Men’s Program Coordinator to answer questions or set up a time to meet to further discuss M@N.

Learn about masculinities theories

  • Male Code: Brannon & David were one of the first to frame masculinities into a set of four socially constructed masculine norms that have potentially negative consequences:

    • No Sissy Stuff: The avoidance of feminine behaviors and personal trait

    • The Big Wheel: Striving to be recognized for success; being in charge

    • The Sturdy Oak: Never showing physical or emotional weakness

    • Give ‘em Hell: Willingness to engage in risky or thrill seeking behavior, and even engage in violence if necessary

  • Masculine Scripts: Mahalik, Good, & Englar-Carlson (2003) categorized seven masculine ‘scripts’ that men use to handle difficulties:

    • Strong-and-Silent Script: emotionally restrictive and stoic male who is in control of his feelings.

    • Tough-Guy Script: invulnerable and fearless.

    • Give-'em-Hell: violent and aggressive

    • Playboy Script: sexual dominance while avoiding intimate relationships.

    • Homophobic Script: avoidance and distrainment of characteristics associated with homosexuality, including intimate male friendships.

    • Winner Script: competitive, successful, and powerful; ‘breadwinner’ of a family.

    • Independent Script: uncomfortable feelings men get with "attaching" or needing assistance from others.

Mahalik, J., Good, G., & Englar-Carlson, M. (2003). Masculinity scripts, presenting concerns, and help-seeking: Implications for practice and training. Professionals Psychology: Research and Practice, 34 (2), 123-131

Resources and articles about masculinities:

The Women’s Center has a library full of gender related books, magazines, and DVD’s that all UNL students can check out for free. Many of them relate to men and masculinities. Here are some highlights:

  • Tough Guise II: A powerful documentary about the ‘tough guy’ archetype in American culture. Released by anti-sexism active and social critic Jackson Katz, the documentary interleaves movie footage, news footage and archival photographs with editorial commentary by Katz himself. Go here to check out the trailer for the documentary and for a longer description.

  • Men, Feminism, and Men’s Contradictory Experiences of Power: This article is a great overview of the men’s movement and key issues we try to address with M@N.

  • Michael Kimmel: A Professor of Sociology at SUNY at Stony Brook. He is the author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (HarperCollins, 2008) and Men’s Lives(9th edition, 2009). Both are great books and are available in our library. (Links are to summary of books).

  • Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: The documentary explores the issues of masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip hop music and culture, through interviews with artists, academics and fans. Link for a longer description and summary is here.

  • Plus many more.

Why should I care about masculinity?

Gender expectations, both positive and negative, have an impact on our lives. These are some things you may want to think about as they may affect you.

  • Issues when embracing gender roles: Unhealthy behaviors, relationship problems, and other stress arise from embracing gender roles.

    • Men get drunk frequently for escapism and to gain power, and often to mask depression.

    • Men feel shame and conflict by failing to live up to cultural standards.

    • Men take risk in having unprotected sex, not using seatbelts and driving too fast, not seeing a doctor and eating unhealthy.

    • Fearing being seen as a failure, men avoid seeking help from others when needed.

    • Male body dissatisfaction, gay-bashing, and suicide all stem from embracing stereotyped male gender roles.

  • Strengths in masculinities:

    • Leadership, strength, vision, and drive can be desirable qualities.

    • Having emotional control is oftentimes required to get tasks completed.

    • Having the confidence to speak up, strive for success, and having healthy sexual relationships can be positive traits.

Men @ Nebraska and the Women’s Center has many resources to provide the tools to help men and women lead successful lives.

Associate Director

Jan Deeds

340 Nebraska Union

(402) 472-2598

jdeeds1@unl.edu

Coordinator

Zachary Palmer

340 Nebraska Union

(402) 472-2597 ext. 4

wcmensprograms@unl.edu