MA in Critical Sociology
Stephen Soucie (Second year cohort)
"My thesis project focuses on the relationship between constructions of dominant masculinities and violence against women in Canadian society. The objectives of this project are (1) to research the potential for male-driven peer-led campus-based anti-violence initiatives to develop rape consciousness in men; (2) to develop fresh and innovative ways to engage men, specifically athletes, in ending violence against women; (3) to foster critical introspection in my participants and me. The research questions are (1) what is the relationship between male athletes, dominant masculinities, and violence against women in Canadian society? (2) how do particular groups of men, specifically athletes, experience, perceive and perform masculinities? (3) what would appropriate programming to engage male student-athletes in ending violence against women look like?
Currently, I work at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region as the Public Education Facilitator for the Male Allies Against Sexual Violence (MAASV) program. The practical application of my research through MAASV workshops has allowed me to interact with theory on a daily basis; something that has helped me grow, both as a student and a budding gender equity advocate."