The Goethe-Institut Invites You On December 5 To The First Educational Festival About Men And Masculinity In Russia

The Goethe-Institut Invites You On December 5 To The First Educational Festival About Men And Masculinity In Russia
The Goethe-Institut Invites You On December 5 To The First Educational Festival About Men And Masculinity In Russia

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Video: Comics / Aleksei Iorsch / Goethe-Institut / ENG 2022, December
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The best foreign experts on masculinity will talk about gender privileges and the battle of the sexes, about hegemonic masculinity and its consequences.

Their Russian colleagues will discuss new norms of masculinity, the clash of men with gender discrimination, homophobia, sex and conscience, modern fatherhood, as well as factors that affect the quality and life expectancy of men in our country. The event will be held with the information support of Esquire. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival will be held online, filming will be carried out in the format of a TV show, and all registered users will receive a link to it:

The festival is conceived as a continuation of the Moscow FemFest, created in 2017 to popularize gender literacy and highlight the women's agenda in the first place. “Three years after the launch of Moscow FemFest, we saw that society is ready to talk about masculinity, and that this requires an independent platform, which will include men who may not be close, including feminist rhetoric,” say the founders of the festival Irina Izotova and Lola Tagaeva. According to them, Moscow MaleFest is a festival about gender literacy and awareness, just like Moscow FemFest. “Men also feel tension in connection with the imposed stereotype about“real masculinity”, about the“masculine way”, about the need to“be strong”, endure, gritting your teeth,“you are a man, you must”. Raising the conversation about masculinity, we do not urge anyone to abandon traditional ideals and roles if they are to their liking and do not threaten the well-being of others. We want to raise urgent issues of concern to men in connection with gender relations. There are a lot of them and the time has come,”says Irina Izotova.

The festival is organized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in Moscow. “Ideas about gender roles and about what masculinity is and what a modern man can be are constantly changing in our society. Traditional values ​​are criticized, and stereotypical understanding collapses when faced with new trends. Last year, the Goethe-Institut Moscow addressed this topic, bringing various aspects of masculinity, gender relations, and fatherhood into the focus of a series of discussions “Being a Man” with scientists and experts from Russia and Germany and organizing the thematic film festival “Blick'19: Masculinity”. This year we are pleased to continue this conversation with the Moscow MaleFest,”notes Anna Schüller, head of the cultural programs department of the Goethe-Institut in Moscow.

The festival will be supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. “For the second year in a row, we are delighted to be part of a large and important reflection on the life and role of men in the modern world. Menfest is a great opportunity to talk and figure out what is happening with men now? - what they think, experience, what they fear, what they admire, how they react to the ongoing gender changes. I really hope that men of different ages, classes, regions will join this conversation,”says Irina Kosterina, program coordinator of the Heinrich Böll.

Photo: Moscow City News Agency, Andrey Nikerichev.

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