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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Project Proposal for Feminist Research Methods: Masculinity and Rape Culture

The concept that rape exists and is perpetuated by our cultural values is nothing new in feminism. This idea that the media and cultural beliefs and norms support values that promote the rape of women has come to be known as rape culture. The presenter is proposing that there is a connection between the way we teach men about masculinity and the way our culture normalizes rape. Through the use of interviews with young, undergraduate men at Brockport the presenter intends to try and draw conclusions on how masculinity and rape are connected. As these sensitive issues are explored the presenter hopes that this group of young men will think about the ways they have been taught to be men and consider whether this affects their understandings of rape.

Presenter: Benjamin Kruger (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 11:30 am (Session II)