2.4 En-Gender Conversations – “Masculinities”


In this episode we academically matched Rebecca Stewart and Joseph Beilein Jr. whose research on masculinity from different disciplinary backgrounds looks much different at first sight but who had a lot of insights to share and stories to tell. And we all had a lot of fun!

The two of them also had to reply to our special surprise question and these are their answers:

Bec:
Clementine Ford:
Fight Like a Girl (2018)
Boys will be Boys (2019)
How We Love (2023)

Joe:
LeeAnn Whites, The Civil War as a Crisis in Gender (1995)
Stephen Berry, All That Makes A Man (2002)
and a special suggestion, because it’s a great read: Steve Berry, Count the Dead (2022)

Joseph M. Beilein Jr., Ph.D., is a Civil War historian who specializes in guerrilla warfare, gender, material culture, and violence. He’s the author of Bushwhackers: Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri (2016), editor of William Gregg’s Civil War: The Battle to Shape the History of Guerrilla Warfare (2019) and the co-editor of The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (2015) and several articles on the guerrilla conflict during the Civil War. His evolving research agenda seeks to include the intersection of alcohol and manhood during the Civil War. At Penn State Erie, Beilein teaches courses on the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg, Military History, Gender, Sexuality, and American History. Beilein has consulted and appeared on two episodes of the TLC celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? with actresses Jessica Biel and Megan Mullally.  His latest book project is a biography of the infamous and enigmatic guerrilla leader William Clarke Quantrill.

Rebecca Stewart: I am an interdisciplinary researcher whose experience and interests focus on primary prevention, behaviour change and gender equality. My recently submitted doctoral thesis investigated healthier masculinities from a gender equality perspective, focusing on primary prevention interventions. Applying a behavioural science lens to the project, I was able to present a framework to support program design and impact, by looking at how programs support participants to engage in deliberate processing of information, which leads to stronger attitude formation and is a good predictor of behaviour change. I am now working as a Research Fellow at the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, my projects cover respectful relationships education, gender equality and sexual harassment in the workplace and help-seeking behaviours in education settings of young victim-survivors of family violence.

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