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Judith Kegan Gardiner on masculinity studies, feminist theory, and the sometimes uneasy relationship between the two

Gretchen Hamm, "Mother of A Bride", on supporting gay and lesbian marriage, including that of her daughter

" The so-called masculinity crisis is in part men's response to a changing society where what is making things worse for them is not feminism, (and) it is not women. "
- Judith Kegan Gardiner

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Role Reversing Commercial
• Nancy's niece Sarah on gender in her community
12:30 Question of the week
" In 1988 there was talk about penis transplants in Italy. Has it ever happened? Do you think that future will hold any promise? Has there been any more information about transplant anywhere in the world? You would think that it would be in some ways be less of a risk as far as health.... "
(from: Wendy, northern California)
19:57 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
34:43 One might expect that masculinity studies and feminist theories would have a lot in common, but there hasn't been as much crossover as you might expect. Working to change that is Judith Kegan Gardiner, who illuminates for us the history of these two areas of study, and their sometimes uneasy relationship.

Judith is a Professor of English and Gender & Women's Studies; Interim Director, Center for Research on Women and Gender University of Illinois at Chicago; and editor of the new book: "Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory: New Directions". She previously edited "Provoking Agents: Gender and Agency in Theory and Practice."

For more information:
• Visit the website for "Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory"
• Visit the website for "Provoking Agents: Gender and Agency in Theory and Practice"
66:03 Special Message
67:03 Boston area (and national) announcements
70:59 What does a mother do when her dreams of an ideal wedding for her daughter encounter the reality of her daughter's lesbian partnership? When our guest, Gretchen Hamm, was confronted with this situation, she responded with enthusiasm, commitment, and some business sense.

Gretchen is the "Mother of A Bride", as she likes to say, and the founder of and, websites devoted to supporting the efforts of those creating wedding celebrations for same-sex couples. Prior to her current efforts, she worked on child support enforcement and gender issues, helping women to live their lives with grace and dignity.

For more information:
• Visit and
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