I may be off social media, but I can’t say no to an interview. Today I’m in the UK Telegraph The rise and fall of America’s most infamous ‘male feminist’: Hugo Schwyzer:
He admits this desire to be commercial has impacted on the brand on male feminism he espouses. “The serious sort of feminists I grew up with would have looked at what I was writing and would have said it was frivolous. My mother is a classic second-wave feminist when I was growing up. She was very disappointed in the direction my feminism took. She wanted me to be writing about wage equality and things like that. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in that, but it wasn’t sexy enough.”
Despite his own behaviour Schwyzer still believes that male feminism has a place. “Feminism points out ways in which rigid gender roles don’t work out for men and women – particularly for women. But not by any means exclusively for women, we’re all handicapped
“Maybe the most obvious generic example is that we live in a culture where young women in the work place are invariably sexualised which can be deeply uncomfortable and which young men at home and in the work place are not allowed to express a full range of emotions. Women can’t unsex themselves and boys can’t cry.”
But what do men add to the argument? “Male feminists play a vital role by bringing up the male aspect of this. We know what it’s like to live in a male body, we know what it’s like to have testosterone. And we can answer the question is testosterone driving us? Or is it a tool?” he shares candidly.
I will not be returning to my teaching position at Pasadena City College, a position I have held since 1993.
I am on medical leave for the entire fall semester, and in early 2014, will transition into disability retirement status. I do not anticipate returning to the classroom at PCC, or anywhere else for that matter.
UPDATE: To be very clear, I’m struggling with an ongoing problem with mental illness. I have been hospitalized on involuntary holds five times this summer. The repeated insinuation that I’m not really ill is infuriating: people who’ve never met me offer diagnoses as well as assertions that I’m “faking it” all. I’m on five medications: Zyprexa, Depakote, Invega, Lexapro, and Lithium. I’m meeting with therapists constantly.
This is a desperately difficult time for me and my family, and in the view of my psychiatrist, it is a time for me to take disability retirement. (A disability retirement is processed through the State Teachers Retirement System, not the college.)
Second UPDATE: My wife and I have agreed to separate. Eira and I are pledged to an amicable and cooperative divorce that prioritizes the well-being of our children.
I did a short CNN/HLN segment yesterday, talking with others about the “Girls Around Me” mobile app. Here it is:
I’m in Waterville, Maine, where I’m speaking tonight at Colby College on Men, Women, and Body Image.
It’s cold and beautiful here.
I’m honored to be interviewed in the debut issue of See Magazine. It’s in ISSUU format, available here. My interview begins on page 14.
I’ll be appearing tonight on KPFK radio’s Feminist Magazine at 7:30PM PST. Along with Pia Guerrero (of Adios Barbie) and Melanie Klein (of Feminist Fatale) we’ll be talking about Men and Feminism — and our December 1 panel on that topic at Santa Monica College.
Listen live here, and a podcast will be available within a day or two.
UPDATE: Here’s the link to the show.
I was interviewed on HLN today by Richelle Carey, talking about the new AAUW study on sexual harassment in schools. Click here: Hugo Schwyzer interviewed about sexual harassment in schools
On my way to Atlanta to attend the Men Stopping Violence Gala this weekend. I’ll be accepting MSV’s True Ally Award on behalf of the Good Men Project. Read more here.
I’m going to be a guest on conservative Christian minister Jesse Lee Peterson’s radio show Wednesday morning, from about 8:00-9:00AM Pacific Time. I’ve tangled with him briefly before, and so I imagine our discussion of masculinity and the boy crisis will be heated. I may even get a word in edgewise.
Jesse and I were both born on May 22. I suspect that is all we have in common. Tune in!
Listen here. And the podcast will be here a day or two later.
I’m so pleased to announce that next month, I’ll be joining Jezebel as a weekly contributing writer. Of course, my regular columns at Good Men Project and Healthy is the New Skinny will continue to appear.
I’m thrilled about joining Gawker Media and Jezebel, and reaching a particularly intelligent, savvy — and occasionally ruthless — commentariat.
My column is tentatively set to appear on Thursdays. My first piece is scheduled for October 6.
I’ve written a few things for Jezebel before:
Spring is No Excuse for Sexual Harassment.
A Dating Paradigm Shift For Women In Their 30s
Why the Ladies Love Ryan Gosling
How the Good Guys are Hard to Find Narrative Hurts Women
How the Skinny Bitch Discourse Isolates Women
And my most-read piece to date:
The Problem with Being Sexy But Not Sexual