When we talk about gender or Gender Studies, it is often assumed that the experiences being discussed are exclusively those of women. This assumption is likely owed to the close relationship of Gender Studies to Women's and Feminist Studies, as well as Gender Studies' origins in Women’s Studies departments. While Women’s Studies is concerned primarily with the experiences of women, however, the basis of Gender Studies is the idea of all genders as socially, historically and culturally specific constructs. This issue of Gender Forum is dedicated specifically to the field of Masculinity Studies. In their contributions, our authors explore masculinity in a wide variety of different contexts, such as gay masculinity, constructions of male friendship, Arab-Muslim Masculinity and Fascist ideals of masculinity.

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Gender Studies: Masculinity Studies