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April 19, 2005

Lad Lit

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I went to The Lad Lit Project last night.

I'm always worried about looking at Culture too closely in the search for sociological insight. "Lad lit" is just another genre – how might you be misled if you thought Western novels & films were an accurate and balanced view of life in the western US 1865-1885?

Got the invite from Warwick Anti Sexism Society, still by serendipity I got a female friend to come with me in case I needed some defence. Always a bit paranoid that mixing with people with a tendency to gender and/or sexuality reductionism might lead down the road to SCUM (link). That's what's identity politics is all about if you ask me. I don't see why a heterosexual masculinity has to be misogynist.

On the other hand isn't there something biological about us males feeling much more at home with "rough and tumble play" rather than complex informal "social" interactions?

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