Trump-Biden debate: A locker room brawl in the midst of COVID-19 crisis
The first debate of the U.S. presidential election was a disturbing but unsurprising display of white privileged masculinity, writes Michael Kehler, Werklund School of Education, in Conversation Canad...
Why Study Masculinities?
Masculinities Studies research operates from a profeminist standpoint. As such researchers in the field conduct research that draws on feminist theories addressing gender identities. Specifically masculinities scholars argue that masculinities are fluid, socially constructed and that the ways in which boys and men take up “projects of masculinity” are connected to power relations. Along this line masculinities studies draws on feminist stand point to interrogate how and when men enact, perform masculinities and how this intersects within a matricies of power including sexualities class, and raced identities.
People might be interested in masculinities studies because it further contributes to an already burgeoning field that examines and raises critical questions about injustices and inequities in societies. Extending past research, masculinities studies continues to interrogate issues of power as they emerge from how masculinities are navigated and constructed in daily interactions.
The primary goal for a Research Professorship in Masculinities Studies in Education is to clearly launch a research agenda that connects within and beyond the university communities. In doing so the goal of this research professorship is to create a dynamic and vibrant research community that contributes to a transformative scholarly community with practical implications within education and beyond.
“It’s nice to be appreciated”: Understanding men’s engagements with sexting and practices of sending Dick Pics to women". Sexualities, 1-24, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1363460720947297
Moving men or men as a movement: Examining the (in)tensions of masculinity in a #MeToo era. In M. Lafrance, Jean-Martin Deslauriers, & G. Tremblay (Eds). - The Forgotten Realities of Men
Rowing upstream: Men as agents of change resisting homophobia in sport.
Originally from Kingston, Ontario, Dr. Kehler completed his undergraduate degree s (B. A. Hons, B.Ed) at Queens’ University. Following years of teaching high school English within Canada and abroad, Dr. Kehler pursued his Ph. D from Michigan State University. He taught at the Faculty of Education and Womens’ Studies at Western University, London, Ontario for 17 years before accepting the positon as Research Professor in Masculinities’ Studies in Education at the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education.
Additional Works and Resources
Waling, A., L. Kerr, A. Bourne, J. Power, M. Kehler (2020) “It’s nice to be appreciated”: Understanding men’s engagements with sexting and practices of sending Dick Pics to women". Sexualities, 1-24, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1363460720947297. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460720947297
Kehler, M. (2020). Beyond the sports locker room. http://pridenews.ca/2020/05/30/beyond-sports-locker-room-coronavirus-isolation-opportunity-teach-boys-toxic-masculinity/
Kehler, M., T. Fowler, C. Borduas (2020) Masculinity, violence, and privilege: An examination of ongoing challenges within hockey and sport culture. Prepared and submitted to the National Hockey League-Melissa Parnagian, Brian Blake, Paul LaCaruba, February 18.
View recent media appearances, podcasts, and masculinities research resources below.
For a complete list, view Michael's CV.
SSHRC COVID-19: School spaces, school places: Examining adolescents masculinities during the COVID-19 pandemic: With growing concern about the social and education implications of COVID-19, newly launched initiatives are being called to action in uncovering the significance of gender-based analysis (GBA+) during pandemic times. For our SSHRC funded project, in partnership with the Centre for Sexuality, this exploratory research examines how the social construction and materialization of masculine subjectivities, how boys "do boy," may be negotiated and possibly reconfigured in home schooled spaces during COVID-19 times. The examination of masculinities in pre, during, and post COVID-19 times supports an investigation into how school spaces (home, regular school) regulate the (de)construction of rules and norms of masculinities that students implicitly and explicitly understand. Central questions include: To what extent do actual spaces and places (school, home) produce and regulate the construction of teen masculinities? Which forms of adolescent masculinities, prevalent in secondary schools, are challenged in COVID times? Which forms of "adaptive masculinities" emerge in relation to the shifting socio-cultural context in which boys are schooled?
M3: Media, Masculinities, Mental Health: This project investigates the relationship between men’s engagement with online dating, and erotic imagery production practices.
- The aims of this project include 1) understanding the relationship between potential male body image anxieties and/or confidences and online dating platforms; and 2) examining the role of online dating platforms in the wider sense of mental and sexual health and, and overall well-being of young men.
Athletes for Action: This project explores and evaluates the experiences of contributors to the Worldwide Roar; an innovative, immersive approach to promoting healthy masculinities and allyship in sport. In partnership with Dr. Brendan Gough & Dr. Adam Lowe of Leeds Beckett University, UK, this project is commissioned by Sport Allies to produce a report on current research regarding homophobia, gender, and sporting culture.
Podcasts and Webinars
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - Rethinking Masculinity - Panel Discussion
Kehler, M. D. (2018) - In that Moment, You're Scared: Boys and Hazing
Kehler, M, D. (2018) - Peer Review Podcast: Men and Masculinities in the Post #MeToo Movement
Kehler, M. D. (2018) - What is the Future of Gender in Canadian Society
Kehler, M. D. (2018) - What Does it Mean to be a Man?
TV and Radio Discussions
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - Feds to Commit to Feminist Engagement and Gender Equality
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - Ottawa Commits to Bring Men into Fight for Gender Equality
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - #MeToo: What Happens When Men Take Action to Change
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - The Inner Workings of Locker Room Culture
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - Masculinity and Sport
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - Bring all the Boys to the Room
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - Did Gillette Miss the Mark with It's Toxic Masculinity Ad?
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - Mass Praise and Outrage over Gillette's #MeToo Commercial
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - Hundreds Brave Cold Temperatures in Women's March
Kehler, M. D. (2019) - Masculinities Professor Applauds Gillette Ad
Kehler, M. D. (2018) - Tackling Toxic Masculinity
Kehler, M. D. (2018) - What's Next for #MeToo?
Kehler, M. D. (2018) - Being a Man in #MeToo
Kehler, M. D. (2018) - Boys to Men: #MeToo and University of Calgary Lectures
Research Into Masculinities
RIMS - International Collaboration into Masculinities Research
Dr. Michael Kehler is participating as an External Academic Collaborator housed at the Cardiff Metropolitan University. Lead by Dr. Ashley Morgan, using Connell’s (2005) approach to masculinities, we are a group of researchers and research students examining the ways in which masculinities are constructed and performed.
Find out more in the link below.
Quick Chat: The Mask You Live In Panel Discussion
Quick Chat Michael Kehler: Masculinities Studies
Quick Chat Michael Kehler: Addressing Homophobia in Sport
Calgary’s Silver Gummy Foundation — which strives to use education as a means of reducing male-perpetrated sexual and domestic violence — made a gift of $250,000 to UCalgary to support the new Professorship in Masculinities Studies at the Werklund School of Education.