Hegemonic Masculinity? What I want to know is…

not the whole male/female thing (one look at any CC class I teach will show the guys tending to drop at twice the rate the gals do, so this article is seriously dealing with an old-news problem).  What I want to know is, what politically correct asshat decided they should redefine hegemony to mean “any pervasive idea?”

This isn’t the first place I’ve seen it… left-leaning academic books are full of the term lately.  But I want to know out of which obscene corner of the MLA conference this abomination crawled, so that the perpetrator can be mocked like a Said wannabe.

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  1. convivialdingo

     /  May 27, 2009

    Hrm, a search “performs hegemonic” using Google Scholar brings up a whole slew of *fascinating* results that begin around 1990.

    Evocative best sellers include:
    “Finding space in the field of masculinity: Lived experiences of men’s masculinities”
    “Doing Drag A Visual Case Study of Gender Performance and Gay Masculinities”

  2. Any pervasive idea that remains inconvenient must thereby be the remnants of an inherently corrupt regime based on outdated societal constructs designed to foster ever-more rigid hierarchical control of society via inherently corrupt memes like “masculinity” that thwart the establishment of a value-free paradigm reflecting social justice by blind adherence to socially conditioned societal partitions — didn’t you know that?!


    (must go brush teeth now)


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