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Frats are, whether you like it or not, a part of any college’s history. Just ask Berkeley anthropologist Laurie Wilkie, who wrote an entire book about the Zeta Psis, a Berkeley fraternity since 1870.

Wilkie wrote the book largely focusing on questions of masculinity in the early 20th century (specifically the 1920′s). And before your imagination runs wild, we’ll say that these frat boys aren’t exactly the ones you see yelling boisterously on street corners. These are men who “occasionally cross-dressed, drank beer from steins and pilsner glasses, and, ultimately, went on to prestigious, high-powered careers.”

OK, that sounds pretty similar, actually. But let’s move on to the business side of things, because these Zetes were read more »


It’s like “The Vagina Monologues” … but with men. “Men’s Story Project”

Empire movie

explores social ideas of masculinity, and it actually sounds like a smart complement to the female-dominated “VagMon.” This isn’t penis puppetry.

Be prepared for monologues, poetry, music and dance about:

platonic love between men; images of African American masculinity; sexuality and disability; men’s restroom rituals; machismo in Latino culture; healing from violence; challenging racism; homophobia and pride; intergenerational support between men; illness and wholeness; gender identity; family relationships; spirituality; and gratitude to lifelong mentors.

Days: Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26
Time: 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)
Where: Heller Lounge
Cost: suggested $10 donation

Image Source: freeparking Red Planet dvdrip under Creative Commons
Men’s Story Project at UC Berkeley [Facebook]