Barber Talks Gender
"The Women Who Make Men," for the 2108 American Men's Studies Association Panel on "Intersecting Inequalities in Contemporary Masculinities Studies"
University of Minnesota, March 24, 2018
Drawing from research for the book, Styling Masculinity, this talk will focus on the case of high-service men’s salons and what Barber has learned about how a particular classed and raced masculine privilege is reproduced. Barber uses this case study to focus on the key role women beauty service providers play in masculinizing beauty and ultimately reproducing gender relations on the ground.
"Styling Masculinity: Gender, Class, and Inequality in the Men's Grooming Industry"
Michigan State University, February 17, 2017
The GenCen and the Department of Sociology are delighted to host an informal conversation with Kristen Barber, author of the acclaimed book, “Styling Masculinity: Gender, Class, and Inequality in the Men’s Grooming Industry.”Dr. Barber’s book has been highlighted in the New York Times Magazine and on Wisconsin Public Radio. During her visit to MSU, she’ll be discussing with graduate students about her experience studying men and masculinity, and what she thinks is the place of masculinity studies in feminist scholarship.
"Were the Women Washed Away? The Gender of Vulnerability and Resilience in Disaster"
Mount Royal University, August 2015
Barber examines the sharp contrasts depicted in the days following the 2005 hurricane. Among other things, she points to gender as "an important variable shaping experiences of disaster," but one often overlooked by scholars: "Women face unique challenges in disaster preparedness, evacuation, and recovery. Poor women of color, especially single mothers, have special needs that are not considered by emergency response organizations, leaving women and their kin to face higher rates of domestic and sexual violence, reproductive and prenatal health complications, and loss of social networks important for everyday survival."
"Men at the March: Gender and Protest Participation in Anti-Sexual Assault Events"
Montgomery College, March 2015
"Missing in the Storm: Women in the Post-Hurricane Katrina Literature"
Winthrop University, February 2015
This annual colloquium honored the late English Professor Dorothy Perry Thompson, founder of Winthrop’s minor in African American Studies program, and was sponsored by the African American studies minor, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Environmental Sciences, and the Global Learning Initiative.