My reading and discussions suggest that many male students (indeed, some male faculty members) in American schools of social work have accepted that they, unlike their female peers, exist in a sort of probationary status, tolerated as long as they speak and behave as expected. In response to that state of affairs, this blog offers (a) commentary on matters of sex and gender arising within the topics and processes of social work education, and (b) to a lesser extent, a sense of how things might be different if male students had more freedom to be themselves, and were less commonly coerced to say and do what the women of social work demand.
As such, this blog is a work in progress. I am feeling my way along here. I am not entirely sure what social work education would have been like, for me, without the ambiance I experienced as a student, over a period of nearly ten years, from 2004 to 2013, in four different American graduate social work programs, ranked from first to 104th in the nation. I suspect the educational environment would have been, among other things, more stimulating and engaging. I am sure it would have been less oppressive and denigrating.
Consistent with observations by Reid and Edwards of Rutgers, in an article that I treated as a foil for a discussion of the future of social work education, some of the worst features of such education may have to be resolved by the passage of time — by, specifically, the extinction of the dinosaurs. No doubt the aging second-wave feminists of the 1970s and 1980s, trending toward retirement, have carefully selected replacements who will perpetuate some regrettable aspects of their own hostility toward men. But those replacements may be less likely to dwell upon the scars and rage of ancient battle. There was a need for adjustment, back then; some of that needed adjustment has still failed to take hold; but in other regards, there has been an overcorrection. That is the general premise of this blog.
As hinted by the foregoing link to that discussion of Reid and Edwards, many topics related to my own social work education have been addressed in detail in some of my other blogs.
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