Modifying Masculinity, Forging Femininity: Male Feminist Discourse and the Manifestation of an Independent Female Idenity

  • Chiara Corso George Washington University

Abstract

This article uses male feminist discourse surrounding rape culture as a platform for analyzing the relationships between masculinity and femininity and the theoretical manifestations of each. By deconstructing this discourse with a methodology inspired by bell hooks’s writings on race, the essay interrogates the possibility that specific discussions about sexual assault from a male feminist perspective may risk marginalizing femininity. The conclusion of the article outlines a “feminist femininity” that speaks back to male feminist discourse.

Author Biography

Chiara Corso, George Washington University

Chiara Corso will graduate from the George Washington University in the spring 2014 with a major in Women’s Studies. She has worked as a research assistant for Professor Rachel Riedner in Washington, DC. Chiara hopes to continue on a path of study that will allow her to combine her interests in public policy with her interests in women’s/LGBTQ issues.

Published
2015-09-15
How to Cite
Corso, C. (2015). Modifying Masculinity, Forging Femininity: Male Feminist Discourse and the Manifestation of an Independent Female Idenity. Young Scholars in Writing, 9, 98-105. Retrieved from https://youngscholarsinwriting.org/index.php/ysiw/article/view/132
Section
Articles