Meet the founding mother of men’s studies

Have you ever wondered what sociology is about?  Long ago, it wasn’t all that and a bag of chips, to say the least.  In recent times, things go much, much more interesting.

On Wikipedia, the ultimate source of human knowledge in the opinion of some, you can read up on a luminary in the field (retrieved 10/31/2019).  This great scholar is also a pioneer of an emergent academic discipline called men’s studies:

Introducing R. W. Connell, eminent sociologist

Raewyn

Raewyn Connell, usually cited as R. W. Connell, is an Australian sociologist. She gained prominence as an intellectual of the Australian New Left. She was appointed University Professor at the University of Sydney in 2004, and retired from her University Chair on July, 2014. She has been Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney since her retirement. She is known for the concept of hegemonic masculinity and her book, Southern Theory.

Wow, pretty impressive, huh?  Some other highlights:

In the United States Connell was visiting professor of Australian studies at Harvard University 1991–1992, and professor of sociology at University of California Santa Cruz 1992–1995.[7] She was a rank-and-file member of the Australian Labor Party until the early 1980s and a trade unionist, currently in the National Tertiary Education Union.

Trade unionist?  I’m trying to picture this; let’s see…  The whistle blows at the mill, and Raewyn steps away from the lathe.  She’s covered in sweat and sawdust after another tedious day turning out table legs.  She stretches her aching back and walks up to an exhausted colleague.  Raising her voice above the factory noise which is just starting to wind down, Raewyn says, “We’re not getting paid enough for this.  It’s about time we form a union.”

Connell’s sociology emphasises the historical nature of social reality and the transformative character of social practice.

That seems a bit nebulous.  Still, I’m just a dumb blond from Flyover Country, and Raewyn is a smart sociology professor.

Much of her empirical work uses biographical (life-history) interviewing, in education, family life and workplaces. She has written or co-written twenty-one books and more than 150 research papers.  Her work is translated into 16 languages.

Connell serves on the editorial board or advisory board of numerous academic journals, including Signs, Sexualities, The British Journal of Sociology, Theory and Society, and The International Journal of Inclusive Education.

Obviously this is quite a prolific typist then.

Connell is a trans woman, who completed her gender transition late in life.

Well now, there’s the kicker!  This pioneer in the field of men’s studies is a tranny.  The article doesn’t explain it, but Raewyn used to go by Robert and got the “Big Snip” some time in his/her/its sixties.

But wait!  There’s more!

The Wiki article goes further on some of Raewyn’s teachings.  I’ll excerpt a couple:

In the late 1980s she developed a social theory of gender relations (“Gender and Power”, 1987), which emphasised that gender is a large-scale social structure not just a matter of personal identity.

Yup, it’s a big social construct.  How did I ever guess?

Connell is best known outside Australia for studies of the social construction of masculinity. She was one of the founders of this research field, and her book “Masculinities” (1995, 2005) is the most-cited in the field.

Oh, holy Moses…

The concept of hegemonic masculinity has been particularly influential and has attracted much debate.

There’s a separate article for “hegemonic masculinity”.  It looks like Raewyn is late to the party; the feminists have been bitching about “The Patriarchy” and “toxic masculinity” since longer than I care to remember.  “Hegemonic masculinity” is pretty much a rehash of that, though borrowing the terminology of Comrade Antonio Gramsci.

She has been an advisor to UNESCO and UNO initiatives relating men, boys and masculinities to gender equality and peacemaking.

So our wannabe one world government used Raewyn as a consultant on how guys should be masculine.  Sweet!  Welcome to Clown World.  You knew that one was coming, didn’t you?

What is men’s studies?

Men’s studies is an academic pursuit concerned with teaching politically correct propaganda.  It has no benefit to the real world aside from serving as a make-work program for people who got doctorate degrees in useless topics.  Like many other fairly new Ivory Tower “studies” departments, it’s a branch of critical theory, something going back to early-stage cultural Marxism.  I could go much further into all that, but a simple analogy will do:

  • Women’s studies:  A class where you’re taught that women are good and men are evil.
  • Men’s studies:  A class where you’re taught that women are good and men are evil.

I think that both men and women are good (mostly), but once again, I’m just a dumb blond from Flyover Country.  The article “A Joke of a Men’s Studies Center“, mentioning Connell briefly, summarizes the whole thing as:

…a discipline that heterodox California professor David Clemens has succinctly defined as “a camouflage version of Women’s Studies” in which the “operative question” is “Why are men so awful?”

Wrapping it all up

So Robert/Raewyn was a leftist professor (no great surprise there) who bears an uncanny resemblance to Willy Wonka in drag.  This eminent scholar had a long career propagandizing students, and was influential in the creation of yet another PC grievance studies department in academia.  This one is about men, and the trailblazing professor was so enthusiastic about being male that he got a sex change.  If that wasn’t ludicrous enough, the NWO characters in the UN consulted Raewyn as an authority about masculinity, despite him apparently having been one of the most self-flagellating men to walk the planet.

For this purple poodle to be considered an international academic authority on masculinity is more ridiculous than if a synagogue hired Louis Farrakhan to teach bar mitzvah classes.  Not even Monty Python gets this absurd.  Anyway, what grinds my gears about this Wikipedia article is that it treats this individual like Sir Isaac Newton or something.  There’s barely a hint that this self-hatred propaganda for men is even controversial.  According to the talk page, it wasn’t always this way.  As of now, it looks like the opposing views went into the memory hole.

Meet the founding mother of men’s studies

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