Works-In-Progress, March 9th: Dr. Travis Beaver

“Not that there’s anything wrong with that!”: Anxious Masculinities and Gendered Homophobia

Travis Beaver, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Monday, March 9th, 12pm

Location: Murdock 218

While there is evidence of decreasing social acceptance of homophobia in the US, surveys show that significant numbers of LGBTQ individuals have experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender presentation. Public discourse and social science research about homophobia tends to focus exclusively on LGBTQ individuals. Drawing on life history interviews with straight-identified men who are perceived as gay, I explore how straight men experience and make sense of being targets of homophobia. Despite optimistic claims about the declining significance of homophobia, Beaver argues that homophobia continues to be a useful concept for examining the social construction of gender and sexuality.

Travis Beaver is Assistant Professor of Sociology at MCLA. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. His research on women’s roller derby is published in International Review for the Sociology of Sport and Journal of Sport and Social Issues. His current research explores how heterosexual masculinities have been transformed by feminist and LGBTQ activism and will appear in the forthcoming edited volume, Male Femininities (NYU Press).

In the Spring Colloquium 2020 lecture series, MCLA faculty members from across campus share their current research or creative projects and benefit from questions and discussions. Events are free & open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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