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Dr Ciara Cremin explores how trans women offer insights into how to deal with the problem of masculinity in New Zealand.

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Winter Lecture Series 2020 - The problem with masculinity

Dr Ciara Cremin

A global leader in rates of domestic violence, incarceration and suicide, New Zealand has a problem. More specifically, as it is mostly men we are talking about, it has a problem with masculinity.

But the problem goes beyond such statistics and headline examples of so-called toxic masculinity.

While environmental factors play a part, this presentation examines why it is boys and men in particular who end up in such predicaments. It means examining the formation and regulation of a masculine ego. Masculinity is an affliction born of patriarchy.

One thing that appears to unite the majority of boys and men in their masculinity is the almost total disassociation from anything held in society as feminine. In their feminine embodiments, trans women, I argue, provide clues on how this affliction can be overcome.

Dr Ciara Cremin is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Auckland. Her research studies changes in culture and society approached through theories that operate on the borderzone of materialism, language and desire.

Her recent book, Man-Made Woman: The Dialectics of Cross-Dressing, charts her personal journey as a male-to-female cross-dresser in the ever-changing world of gender politics and explores gender, identity and pleasure through the lenses of feminism, Marxism and psychoanalytic theory.

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