chapter  3
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The Situation of Men, and Situating Men in Higher Education: A Conversation about Crisis, Myth, and Reality about College Students Who Are Men

ByFrank Harris III and Ryan P. Barone

Many men fi nd themselves doing extremely well in higher education and beyond. Sexism, patriarchy, and misogyny continue to be oppressive forces which privilege people who identify and pass as men in higher education and beyond. Though mainstream media rhetoric may have us believe that men are in a crisis, currently more men are entering, being retained, and graduating from college than at any other point in history (King, 2006). It’s critical to recognize that men are not a monolithic group. Frequently research and scholarship on college men involves homogenous participants due to poorly constructed methodologies. These studies, seemingly as an afterthought, qualify their fi ndings by indicating that sexuality, race, ethnicity, gender identity, ability, socioeconomic status, and religion were unaccounted for and should be studies in future projects. Research that centers on historically marginalized social identities are compared to the “norm”—overserved White men (Liu, 2002).