Manning up and Manning on: Masculinities, Hegemonic Masculinity, and Leisure Studies
It is in this landscape where we situate our theoretical argument for a refocusing of efforts on the study of masculinities in leisure theory and practice. As men who also identify as feminists, our goals are to understand our masculinities, the positive kinds and the toxic kinds (Ferber, 2000; O'Neil, 2010), and decide what we can do about them as activists, researchers, teachers, sons, husbands, brothers, friends, and social justice oriented humans. In so doing, we will detail the historical and disciplinary roots of the study of masculinity, followed by the tensions and challenges we’ve encountered deploying these projects into the emerging fourth wave. Finally, we end with a call to others; to consider how masculinity, as well as critical research on men and the masculinized socialization of leisure spaces, can offer a part of the solution for creating a more gender equitable world.