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The professor scrawls "macho," "brave" and "strong" on a crowded blackboard, apt words for someone whose book titles are littered with "masculinity" and "manhood".Michael Kimmel may be made for this moment.The class filled up, moving in successive semesters to bigger and bigger rooms, and Kimmel eventually made men's studies his entire focus.Messner was among the scholars who formed a men's studies group within the National Organization for Men in the early 1980s that grew into the independent American Men's Studies Association a decade later.Today, more than 150 academics from around the world belong to the organization, which promotes men's studies and holds conferences.Cliff Leek, the president of the American Men's Studies Association, studied under Kimmel, focusing his doctoral work on masculinities before becoming a professor at the University of Northern Colorado.At a recent Stony Brook workshop Kimmel held for a group of invited students, Alicia Jones was among those taking part in an animated discussion of the difference in perception of what makes a good man versus what makes a real man.
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