[...] Collier explored the changing public perceptions of male violence arising from the high-profile media interventions of paternity rights groups such as Fathers4Justice, who have polarized UK public opinion through a number of high-profile publicity stunts, including, for instance, protest occupations of Westminster by men dressed up as Batman and Spiderman- superhero personae with problematic and fragile identity issues-the implications of which deserve a thorough reading.\n Lad lit turned into a publishing phenomenon, despite the feminist backlash against the kind of behavior advertised in these books.
CS&M STEFAN HORLACHERa, WIELAND SCHWANEBECKa AND PETER STEARb CONSTRUCTIONSMASCULINITY IN BRITISH OF LITERATURE FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT: INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DRESDEN, JUNE 17-20, 2009)1 Recently, it took the individual actions of a Scottish‐born, 48‐year‐old Aus‐ tralian to once again question the legitimacy of the traditional gender di‐ chotomies generally subscribed to by state legislatures and the wider public they are elected to represent. Norrie May‐Welby of Sydney—born a man, be‐ fore undergoing a sex change operation and eventually opting to become a “neuter”—”made headlines after […] receiving an official designation of gen‐ der neutrality in Australia” but was in next to no time confronted with the with‐ drawal of this document “over questions of whether the New South Wales registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages had the power to issue such a desig‐ nation.”2 The case of May‐Welby resonates with a dramatic development in the con‐ temporary relevance and problematic nature—nature of course being the op‐ erative word—of a number of issues raised during the international interdisciplinary conference “Constructions of Masculinity in British Litera‐ ture from the Middle Ages to the Present,” an event hosted by Prof. Dr. Stefan Horlacher at the Technical University of Dresden in June, 2009. Organized with 1 For a German note on the conference see Gender, 1(2), 2009, pp. 133‐138, available from http://budrich‐journals.de/index.php/gender/article/view/718. 2 “Norrie May‐Welby: The world’s first legally genderless person.” The Huffington Post, March 19, 2010, accessed May 13, 2010, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ 2010/ 03/18/norrie‐may‐welby‐the‐worl_n_502851.html; “Briton is recognised as world’s first officially genderless person.” The Telegraph, March 15, 2010, accessed March 30, 2010, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7446850/Briton‐ is‐recognised‐as‐worlds‐first‐officially‐genderless‐person.html. a Technische Universität Dresden. b Freie Universität Berlin All correspondence regarding this article should be addressed to Stefan Horlacher, Institut für An‐ glistik und Amerikanistik, Fakultät Sprach‐, Literatur‐ und Kulturwissenschaften, Technische Univer‐ sität Dresden 01062, Dresden. Email: email@example.com‐dresden.de. CS&M CULTURE, SOCIETY & MASCULINITY, VOL. 2, ISSUE 1, PP. 93–103 • HTTP://WWW.MENSSTUDIES.COM ISSN 1941‐5583 (PRINT) ISSN 1941‐5591 (ONLINE) • COPYRIGHT 2010 BY THE MEN’S STUDIES PRESS CSM.0201.93/$14.00 • DOI: 10.3149/CSM.0201.93 • HTTP://DX.DOI.ORG/10.3149/CSM.0201.93 93 94 ■ HORLACHER, SCHWANEBECK AND STEAR: CONFERENCE REPORT the support of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für
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