The Center for the Studies of Masculinities and Men's Development at Western Illinois University. Research is clear that men are in crisis, particularly men from underrepresented populations. However, considerable disagreement exists about how to most effectively support men's engagement and development, while maintaining focus on social justice. The Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men’s Development aims to provide quality scholarship, advocacy, and programming that positively influences college men’s development in a manner congruent with gender equity and social justice.
CSMMD Admin has written 18 posts for Western Illinois University's Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men's Development

My Masculinities Project – Jessica

In today’s society it seems impossible to break away from how our culture has socially constructed being male or female. In reflecting in my own experience growing up, there were many indicators that those involved contributed to gendering my body. One aspect that was emphasized in my family was the perceptions of males and females … Continue reading

My Masculinities Project – Matt

I know exactly what a man is, or rather what makes up a man.  How could I not considering I have the parts that make me a man and I mean literally that my penis exists?  Beyond the physical attributes required to be hanging between one’s legs to be a male in our species, what … Continue reading

My Masculinities Project – Belinda

     As woman I have experienced masculinity in various ways. As a child I did many “jobs” my younger brother should have been doing, but being too young he was not allowed to. I shoveled rocks into the driveway with my father, took the garbage to the street and shoveled the snow in the winter. … Continue reading

My Masculinities Project – Anthony

I am Anthony Adamson and I am a man stuck in a society that revolves around masculinity. I used to not know what it meant to fit in when I was a child. To fit into this society I had to be stereotypical and that was something I was not nor am to this day. … Continue reading

My Masculinities Project – Micah (2nd post)

Men go days without even thinking about the dangers of using the men’s bathroom or not shaving their legs. It is much more difficult for someone who may not 100% pass as a man, meaning be perceived as a man by everyone all of the time. For transgender males, life is a completely different story, … Continue reading

My Masculinities Project – Micah

I come from a family where masculine women are typical. All of my aunts played sports. All of my girl cousins play sports. My mom played sports. My grandma played sports. Sports are a big deal in my family, but sports are aimed more toward the masculine side of the gender spectrum. This why I … Continue reading

Five Reasons to Be a Feminist Man….and the backlash

It is astounding how much vitriol is generated when men publicly support feminism. A blog post at made a rational argument that generated not only a lot of comments on the blog itself, but responses in other blog posts from very angry men such as this one: Such reaction only supports the dire … Continue reading

How Would Your Life Be Different if You Had Been Born the Opposite Sex?

If I Can Be an Example: Macklemore and the Search for Real Male Role Models

My Father’s Legacy

My father always wanted sons, and was fortunate enough to have 3. Unfortunately, he did not know how to communicate with us. I remember when I was little, between the ages of 4 to 6, he took me to the park and tried to play catch with me. I could not do it and gave … Continue reading