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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