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The Gender of Terror and Heroes? What Educators Might Teach About Men and Masculinity After September 11, 2001


by Marcus Weaver-Hightower — August 12, 2002

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 destroyed more than lives and buildings. Seemingly wounded, too, was the national masculinity of the United States. One of the outcomes of the events, therefore, has been an effort to rearticulate manhood through a media barrage of images and stories about firefighters, police, soldiers, and politicians--all manly images meant to restore faith in U. S. manhood. Hardly remarked upon, however, has been the gendered nature of these images and stories as well as the way that such representations erase the contributions of women and persons of color as well as the realities of working-class labor. The article argues, therefore, that critical educators have a unique opportunity to explore with their students the masculinity and related issues evident in coverage of the terrorist attacks.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 12, 2002
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11012, Date Accessed: 3/23/2017 8:15:56 AM

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  • Marcus Weaver-Hightower
    University of North Dakota
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    MARCUS WEAVER HIGHTOWER teaches in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a former English teacher at Goose Creek High School in South Carolina. His research centers on gender and education, particularly masculinity’s impact on schooling and policy. He is currently conducting research on Australia’s federal policy on boys’ education. Weaver-Hightower is the author of "The 'Boy Turn' in Research on Gender and Education" in Review of Educational Research and “The Gender of Terror and Heroes? What Educators Might Teach About Men and Masculinity After September 11, 2001.”
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