Roundtable: Masculinity

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The stage was set. Gay men on one side, straight on the other, all eager to hash out the rules of gender, what it really means to be “masculine” or “feminine,” and the roles that these words play in our lives and style in 2011. This seating arrangement was not pre-planned or discussed at any point during the conversation, but for one reason or another, everyone chose to sit on their respective sides. Our discussion yielded some fascinating debates: How did our notions of gender play into the formation of our identities? How about in the clothes we each wear? Are traditional gender roles important in dating for straight and gay men alike? What does it mean to be androgynous in fashion? Each person brought a unique perspective to the exchange and, as the best ones often do, our debates often produced more questions than answers. Still, everyone’s choice of seating, something I’m not sure we were all aware of at the time, presents an interesting meta-perspective to the entire affair. Despite all of our self-aware and refreshingly candid remarks, the real question may be what roles we subscribe to without even knowing. Watch the action.

Participants include: Louis Mandelbaum, Antino Crowley, Hiraku Morilla, James Gillespie, Justin Dean Thomas, Kevin Stewart, and Oren Jay.

  • SN

    I love this!

  • Melissa

    Really interesting and insightful. Love the honesty!

  • Steve

    I think the roundtable was an excellent idea for this kind of discussion. This particular group of individuals was well picked and all brought great points to the topic at hand. It would definitely be interesting to see more of these.

  • Janelle AM

    Love the roundtable really fascinating

  • Audry

    Justin Dean is hot as hell

  • Tyler Marie

    I love the round table! i appreciate the idea of discussing something that is so deeply knitted into our society that we rarely acknowledge it on a conscience level. Please make more of these, they are great!

  • Justin diablo

    Your article is amazing! Hope can be useful for others who need to solve the problem. Thank you.

  • Dustin

    This is really cool… way to rep JD

  • Mikey

    Gender and sexuality are two separate and this article is slightly idiotic.

  • Kizzy

    When I compare this roundtable witht the women, I think that the women’s roundtable delved deeper into the issues. I think, maybe it’s just the way it was edited, the men’s roundtable picked up on some good issues but didn’t go into it furthreer. Again, I congratulate this initiative. The debate has to start somewhere, and thank you to those who took part and shared their stories with us.

  • Jaffar

    I love that this topic was discussed!! What does it mean to be a feminine or masculine man? A man is a man right? So as long as u are comfortable with yourself is all that matters! Just be u!!

  • Sasha

    Fantastic input, but if the roundtable is on “androgyny” then why are there only male participants? Yes, is it less socially acceptable for men to dress feminine as it is for women to dress masculine, but the fact that masculinity is valued so much more is a key element to this discussion that is missing

  • Krishna

    Wow !!

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