MAASV Monday (2015/04/06)

On March 7th, I presented on a panel alongside Chuck Derry and Brian Adamson at the International Conference on Masculinities in New York City. I found this experience to be extremely rewarding-- both as an activist and as a researcher.

Derry shared insights into his activist work, including the very intriguing MENding Project. I am excited to bring some of the initiatives started by Derry to MAASV. Adamson focused his presentation on Michael Sam; specifically the Michael Sam kiss captured by ESPN cameras after being selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft. Adamson’s analysis was fascinating and I hope to collaborate with him in the future.

For my presentation, I spoke about my work with MAASV and read a paper that I had prepared for the conference. Due to a number of concurrent panels, I was prepared for the distinct possibility that I could be presenting to an empty room. Thankfully this was not the case. Real live human beings attended and engaged with my research. A notable attendee was Rus Funk, who attended solely to learn about my research and not because he is good friends with Derry. Obviously. Probably. No? Still counts. Funk recently wrote an article entilted "Are men really listening about domestic violence?"-- it's worth a read. Another notable attendee was Humberto Carolo from the White Ribbon Campaign—it was great to finally put a face to a name. As I near the completion of my MA, I hope to soon share my research in MAASV workshops and trainings!