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Friday, April 27 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Contested Masculinities Across Pop

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  1. Marissa Lorusso "Pop Personae and Fashioned Bodies: An Analysis of Pop Star Styles and Soft Masculinities"
  2. Jenny Gathright "What They Say: A Look at Tyler, Frank and Syd from Odd Future to the Odd Present"
  3. Maria Sherman "Misery Business: Exploring the Sensitive Masculine in Modern Pop-Punk & Emo"
Moderator: Alfred Soto

Popular music has always been predicated on ideas and expressions of masculinities, challenged by history makers but ultimately ruling in favor of the purveyors of male privilege who instituted them in the first place. In contemporary popular music, conversations surrounding identity and fluid presentations of gender have taken over mainstream dialogue and it’s not uncommon for rigid ideas of masculinity to be challenged. This three-paper panel will comprise three perspectives on how popular musicians are deploying, embracing and contesting normative notions of masculinity, working to carve out space for flexible and expansive understanding. Our papers will focus, ultimately, on the ways these musicians engage with the restrictions imposed by toxic masculinity, the limitations of those experimentations, and demonstrate potential means of enacting liberation from gender hegemony.

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Jenny Gathright

Jenny Gathright is a writer and producer from the Washington, D.C area. She studied economics at Harvard, where she co-founded an art collective and magazine by and for students of color. During her senior year, she co-wrote and co-produced Black Magic, a play about black love, and... Read More →
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Marissa Lorusso

Marissa Lorusso is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. She works at NPR Music, where she writes about rock and pop, edits the Turning the Tables series, and manages the Tiny Desk Contest. She has also appeared on NPR podcasts like Pop Culture Happy Hour and All Songs Considered. Her... Read More →

Maria Sherman

Maria Sherman is a music and culture writer living in New York City. She’s the Managing Editor of TrackRecord, a new Gizmodo Media Group site. She contributes regularly to publications such as NPR, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, SPIN, Complex, Pitchfork, Alternative... Read More →
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Alfred Soto

Alfred Soto is an instructor of journalism, a media advisor at Florida InternationalUniversity, and freelance editor for SPIN. He was features editor of Stylus Magazine. His work has appeared in Billboard, The Village Voice, The Miami Herald, Rolling Stone, Slate, MTV, Pitchfork... Read More →

Friday April 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm PDT
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