In Doctor Taylor’s presentation in the Knight Library Reading Room last Thursday evening, I really enjoyed how she addressed the different manifestations of masculinity in the two tropes of the ‘jock’ and the ‘geek.’ I found it especially noteworthy that all though she found geek masculinity to be an alternative form intentionally disparate from traditional masculine practices, it still lends itself to discrimination against those that do not possess it, in particular women. Professor Taylor’s exploration of what role masculinity takes in these two social spheres has made me wonder how it takes form in other groups of people, and if it plays as significant a role as it does in these two opposing classes.
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